Sixty Lovers To Make And Do

Sophie Herxheimer


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Henningham Family Press
31 July 2019
ISBN: 9781999797478

From the publisher

From the author of Velkom to Inklandt : a Sunday Times poetry book of the year and Observer poetry book of the month.

In 60 Lovers To Make And Do, Sophie Herxheimer imagines a litany of characters who make companions for themselves from everyday objects.

Each woman animates her creation with reflected desires and frustrations. Their absurd, often funny stories distill into familiar loves, which take flight, fail, or settle somewhere between a compromise and a perky arrangement.

Herxheimer’s glorious collages evoke both the seasons of a year and a lifetime — extraordinary objects of private devotion are prised from chandeliers and trees, skirting boards and biscuits.

A TLS Book Of The Year 2020

‘The festive mischief of Sophie Herxheimer’s 60 Lovers to Make and Do will lift even the worst Covidian doldrums.’ – Marina Warner

‘Sophie Herxheimer is a genius.’ – Andrea Reece, Manager – National Poetry Day

‘At once serious and playful … her energy bubbles up with exuberant joyful creativity.’ – Bidisha, Wasafiri