Jonathan Cape, £10
Archangel, By Henry Shukman
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 12 April 2013
At the core of Shukman's poetry collection stands a remarkable sequence about a strange episode of the Great War that ensnared his own family.
Thousands of Jewish tailors from London's East End were sent back to Russia to fight - just as the Revolution ignited.
Their bizarre journey and its global aftermath give these far-flung but intimate poems about belonging and uprooting, exile and nostalgia, their beating narrative heart.
Condemned to wander again, these "wanted men" find a secure home in his tender, well-cut words.
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