Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

Tim Key


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"Utter" & Press
14 February 2022
ISBN: 9781916222663
320 pages

From the publisher

In March 2020, Tim Key started writing poetry and conversations about the first lockdown. At the end of the year he published these comtemplations in “He Used Thought as a Wife”, a book for these pandemic times, beautifully designed by his long time collaborator, Emily Juniper. The collection became a Times Bestseller and that would have been that. Except the United Kingdom got locked down once more, at the start of 2021. And Key started to write once more.

“Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” is a chronicle of Key’s life as the new lockdown took hold. Where the first book is set entirely in the confines of Key’s North London apartment, this one is its mirror. Every conversation, every glimpse of Key occurs in the outdoors. He has been granted permission to walk by the government, and it is in these moments that we see him. Each time, he is either on the blower to one of his allies, or, occasionally, exercising with a real-life friend. The whole time lamenting and processing the “new normal”. And interspersed with these playlets, there is poetry. About the mad new laws, the mad law-makers, about bubbles, vaccines and variants.

Emily Juniper has again come up with a beautiful, eye-catching design, as she and Key continue to dovetail through the chaos. She is both the glue that keeps Key’s life together throughout the book. And she serves the same purpose in real life, too. Emily has chosen paperstock and they have teamed up with Calverts of London to print. Once more Emily’s publishing house – “Utter” and Press – have sent the book into the world. Again they have fired out a limited pre-Christmas print-run to Key’s Instagram followers, and now the book sets forth beyond that, into the highstreet and beyond.