I posted recently about my first read of the year, which turned out to be an absolute winner – “Somewhere Becoming Rain” by Clive James, which collects together all of the late critic’s writings about the great poet, Philip Larkin. The latter is, of course, one of my favourites – and if you follow me on social media, you’ll have witnessed my recent trials and tribulations in tracking down his individual collections (including a heavily defaced “Whitsun Weddings” which had been described as expertly refurbished – just look at it!)

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“Somewhere Becoming Rain” will, I think, be one of my reads of the year; James is an erudite and entertaining commentator, offering real insight into Larkin’s work and also our changing perceptions of the poet. My review is up today on Shiny New Books and you can find it here!