You Could Make This Place Beautiful

Maggie Smith


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Canongate Books
7 September 2023
ISBN: 9781805302421
320 pages

From the publisher

Award-winning poet and author Maggie Smith offers a lush, heartrending and instant bestselling memoir exploring coming of age in your middle age

‘Life, like a poem, is a series of choices’

In her long-awaited debut memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, award-winning poet Maggie Smith explores in lyrical vignettes the end of her marriage and the beginning of a surprising new life. With the spirit of reflection and empathy she’s known for, Smith interweaves snapshots of a life with meditations on secrets, anger, forgiveness and narrative itself.

It is a story about a mother’s fierce and constant love for her children, and a woman’s love and regard for herself. Above all, this memoir is an argument for possibility. Smith reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new. Something beautiful.