The World's Wife

Carol Ann Duffy

2000 Short-listed

T. S. Eliot Prize

1999 Short-listed

Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection

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This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.

Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.
The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.

Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

In the media
Poignant, thoughtful, funny, rich and accessible

Ruth Padel, Books of the Year Guardian

These thirty poems vibrate with intense colloquialisms, physicality, energy, freshness and cheek. Many of them are very funny... the best are inventive, subversive and written with great rhythmical and rhyming dash

Sunday Telegraph

Carol Ann Duffy is a poet of skill, talent and great heart

Erica Wagner

The World's Wife is a joyous exuberant book of poems about women usually excluded from myth and history