The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

About the book

That saying? Behind every famous man . . . ? From Mrs Midas to Queen Kong, from Elvis’s twin sister to Pygmalion’s bride, they’re all here, in Carol Ann Duffy’s inspired and inspirational collection, The World’s Wife. Witty and thought-provoking, this is a tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred look at the real movers and shakers across history, myth and legend. If you have ever wondered, for example, how exactly Darwin came up with his theory of evolution, or what, precisely, Frau Freud thought about her husband – then this is the book for you, as the wives of the great, the good, the not so good, and the legendary are given a voice in Carol Ann Duffy’s sparkling and inventive collection.

Reviewed by Milford Reading Group:

This book of poetry gave rise to much enjoyable discussion. We eventually decided the rhythm of the words/sentences was good, likewise her command of her craft was good. the idea of the subject matter – thoughts of the wife of famous men was interesting, witty and inventive but the emphasis on sex was harsh but not loving.

Star rating: **

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  1. Review by The Democrats Reaging Group:
    A varied selection of poems, as written by the wives of famous men from history, mythology and religion. Extremely funny, moving and thought provoking; these poems can be enjoyed on many levels and are very worthy of group discussion.
    Star rating: ****

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