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Frost Fair by Carol Ann Duffy (pocket-sized signed 1st edition hardback)


The last in Duffy's series of annual Christmas poems, this beautiful pocket sized edition has been signed by the author on a charming small bookplate at the front. It's a first edition, not 1st printing,  illustrated by David De Las Heras. The perfect filling for the thinking person's stocking!

It is a snowy London day in The Great Winter of 1683. We follow our bold narrator as she explores ‘the town on the Thames’, a thousand tents and dancing fires lit on the frozen water with jubilant residents and lively festive revelry. All is a fete upon the ice as she sees jugglers, dancing bears, palm readers and even a merry wedding. Her journey leads her to meet many new companions with whom to spend a starry night upon the river, where they sleep with no inkling of who will be looking down on them in the morning light . . .

Frost Fair is inspired by the fairs held on the River Thames in London as it froze over in the uncommonly cold winters of the Little Ice Age. This delightful, moving new poem captures the inventiveness of a great city and the drama of winter. Beautifully illustrated by David De Las Heras, Frost Fair is an irresistible read for our festive season.

  • Hardback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (31 Oct. 2019)
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14 cm