UK CPD

  1. Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum

    Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum

    This book has a simple intent. In September 2014, primary schools in England will be expected to adopt a new National Curriculum. There is good time to prepare, and this book shows you how.

    At this point of curriculum change and evolution in England’s primary schools, a number of contributors have offered their reflections on how primary schools across the country might take forward and shape their own curriculum framework for pupils. The spirit of the book is based on considerable leadership experience in schools – ‘letting-a-thousand-flowers-bloom rather than recommending a one-size-fits-all approach’.

    The authors’ reflections come from varying perspectives: teachers, headteachers, directors of foundations and leading thinkers on education, each of whom is involved in the work of the National Education Trust (www.nationaleducationtrust.net), an independent charitable foundation which champions best practice.

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    £12.99
  2. Self-Improving Schools: The journey to excellence

    Self-Improving Schools: The journey to excellence

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    The English schools’ system is at a crossroads. This landmark collection of essays brings together some of the country’s leading education thinkers and practitioners. Their polemic is intended to help teachers, school leaders, governors and policy makers think deeply about future directions.

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    £12.99
  3. High Challenge, Low Threat: Finding the balance

    High Challenge, Low Threat: Finding the balance

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    High Challenge, Low Threat is Mary Myatt’s smart and thoughtful exploration of all the things that wise leaders do.

    Informed through thousands of conversations over a 20-year career in education, Mary shows the lessons that school management teams can learn from leaders in a wide range of other sectors and points to the conditions which these leaders create to allow colleagues to engage with difficult issues enthusiastically and wholeheartedly.

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    £15.00
  4. Powerful Schools: How schools can be drivers of social and global mobility

    Powerful Schools: How schools can be drivers of social and global mobility

    PUBLISHED MAY 2016: ORDER NOW

    Powerful Schools is a blueprint, showing how each and every school can grow abundantly rich in opportunities for individuals to develop the skills to become more socially and globally mobile, actively supported by numerous people and organisations who are consciously working to engage them in making the most of these opportunities.

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    £15.00
  5. Managing Teacher Workload: A Whole-School Approach to Finding the Balance

    Managing Teacher Workload: A Whole-School Approach to Finding the Balance

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    It is acknowledged that the quality of teaching is the critical factor in raising standards of learning. And yet teachers' workload has rocketed in recent years, leaving morale for many at rock-bottom.

    Recent DfE analysis shows that primary teachers work around 60 hours a week and school leaders even longer. This is not sustainable. Teachers need an end to excessive working hours.

    Edited by Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at leading teaching union ATL, Managing Teacher Workload brings together leading educationalists to discuss real, practical ways to solve the biggest problem in the profession.

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    £12.00
  6. Playing with fire: Embracing risk and danger in schools

    Playing with fire: Embracing risk and danger in schools

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    An empowering book that shows teachers and leaders how to embrace a culture of risk-taking and danger in their schools - by a Headmaster who walks the walk.

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    £14.00
  7. Liminal Leadership: Building bridges across the chaos... because we're standing on the edge

    Liminal Leadership: Building bridges across the chaos... because we're standing on the edge

    Stephen Tierney has spent thirty years working in schools, twenty nine of those in different leadership positions. In Liminal Leadership, he suggests that the education system is currently at a threshold; and it may be one in which the teaching profession is diminished or augmented.
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    £14.00
  8. A Practical Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage

    A Practical Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage

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    Rooted firmly in practical experience, this book supports the reader in understanding what excellent early years practice should look like and how staff in all settings can establish it.

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    £14.00
  9. Supporting Muslim Students: A quick reference guide for teachers, trainers and lecturers

    Supporting Muslim Students: A quick reference guide for teachers, trainers and lecturers

    The purpose of this guide is to equip teachers, trainers and lecturers with the fundamental knowledge and understanding to provide enhanced affective and cognitive support for their Muslim students - as well as providing all students with an additional reference for seeking clarification on issues of our/their time. Learn More
    £10.00
  10. Learning without labels: Improving outcomes for vulnerable learners

    Learning without labels: Improving outcomes for vulnerable learners

    If we are to improve educational outcomes for all, one of the things we need to do is move away from the notion of ‘labelling’ children and their families. Rather, we need to focus on the needs of such pupils, never forgetting their greatest need is relentlessly high expectations and great teaching.

    As fragmentation of LAs continues, the need for authoritative, evidence based guidance and signposting has grown. This collection of contributions from some of the UK’s leading educationalists does not provide an exhaustive list of all the challenges that might arise, but it has a good go. Learn More

    £14.00
  11. Talk For Teaching

    Talk For Teaching

    PUBLISHED MARCH 2017: PRE-ORDER NOW

    Paul Garvey uses his experience as a teacher, inspector and a National Strategies consultant to advise educators and schools on how his Talk For Teaching method can help them take control of their Professional Development - without it increasing costs or taking up valuable lesson time.

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    £14.00
  12. Much Promise: Successful schools in England

    Much Promise: Successful schools in England

    For many years Barnaby Lenon was the headmaster of Harrow. On his retirement he helped set up a state school in east London, widely regarded as one of the most successful free schools. In 2016 he went on a tour of schools in England that achieve outstanding results, in many cases with disadvantaged pupils.

    In Much Promise, he describes how they do it, set in the context of the latest research into school and teacher performance. He evaluates the school system in England and the effectiveness of recent reforms; he looks at how parents and governors achieve results and puts the spotlight on the school curriculum, exam systems and social mobility.

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    £15.00
  13. The Power of Character: Lessons from the frontline

    The Power of Character: Lessons from the frontline

    In this personal, thought-provoking and timely book, Dr Andrew Reay offers a clarion call to parents, educators and business leaders who are seeking to unlock the true potential of our next generation - their character - and ensure they really do flourish as human beings. Learn More
    £15.00
  14. Taking Control: How to prepare for inspection

    Taking Control: How to prepare for inspection

    Ofsted don't allow their inspectors to offer advice to schools. But as a former inspector, Paul Garvey is able to use his experience to help headteachers prepare for inspections in order to help every school gain the grade it feels it deserves. Learn More
    £14.00
  15. What Does This Look Like In The Classroom? Bridging The Gap Between Research And Practice

    What Does This Look Like In The Classroom? Bridging The Gap Between Research And Practice

    In this thorough, enlightening and comprehensive book, Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson ask 18 of today's leading educational thinkers to distill the most up-to-date research into effective classroom practice in 10 of the most important areas of teaching. The result is a fascinating manual that will benefit every single teacher in every single school, in all four corners of the globe.

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    £18.00
  16. Taught, Not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character

    Taught, Not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character

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    PUBLISHED: SEP 2017

    As Education Secretary from 2014-16, Nicky Morgan had a job she describes as 'one of the best in the UK Cabinet'. Here, she reveals why she believes that building characterful children has a positive impact on academic attainment.

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    £12.00
  17. Born to Fail? Social Mobility, A Working Class View

    Born to Fail? Social Mobility, A Working Class View

    Sonia Blandford, CEO of award-winning charity Achievement for All, writes brilliantly and honestly about the facing up to the realities of the working class and how to address social mobility from the inside. Learn More
    £14.00
  18. The Missing Piece: The essential skills that education forgot

    The Missing Piece: The essential skills that education forgot

    No-one is better placed than Tom Ravenscroft to write this wake-up call to all those who work with young people, calling for an explicit focus to develop the non-academic skills that will be essential to thrive in the 21st Century Learn More
    £15.00
  19. Educating Drew: The real story of Harrop Fold School

    Educating Drew: The real story of Harrop Fold School

    Telling the remarkable story of Harrop Fold School in Salford, from their unprecedented GBP2.5m debt to being featured in the BAFTA-award nominated Educating Manchester TV series. Learn More
    £14.00
  20. The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching in Real Classrooms

    The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching in Real Classrooms

    The Learning Rainforest is an attempt to capture various different elements of our understanding and experience of teaching. It is a celebration of great teaching - the joy of it and the intellectual and personal rewards that teaching brings.

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    £16.00
  21. Mining For Gold: Stories of Effective Teachers

    Mining For Gold: Stories of Effective Teachers

    An entertaining story of the many teachers Fergal Roche, chief executive of The Key, has come across in his long career; each one effective in their own special way, despite their hugely different approaches, ordinary people who have produced an extraordinary impact.

    If you are currently a teacher, were once a teacher, or are thinking about becoming a teacher, this book will be like coming to a party. Or if you hate parties, doing something you really love. The message, in a beautifully light and accessible tone, is that teaching is the most exciting and significant job in the world, hugely complex and exhausting, yes, but a role that needs to be mastered over decades of practice.

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    £14.00
  22. How I Wish I'd Taught Maths: Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts and 12 years of mistakes

    How I Wish I'd Taught Maths: Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts and 12 years of mistakes

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    Craig Barton is one of the UK's most respected teachers of mathematics. In his remarkable new book, he explains how he has delved into the world of academic research and emerged with a range of simple, practical, effective strategies that anyone can employ to save time and energy and have a positive impact on the long-term learning and enjoyment of students.

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    £19.00
  23. Empowering Generation Z: How and why leadership opportunities can inspire your students

    Empowering Generation Z: How and why leadership opportunities can inspire your students

    Dan Roberts, Headteacher of Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth, believes it is crucial to empower young people to take control of their future.By building the right culture and environment, educators can help ensure that children can truly flourish and develop into adults that wish to have a positive impact on their local, national and international communities.

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    £14.00
  24. Successful Difficult Conversations: Improve your team's performance, behaviour and attitude with kindness and success

    Successful Difficult Conversations: Improve your team's performance, behaviour and attitude with kindness and success

    AVAILABLE FROM JANUARY 2018: ORDER NOW

    Holding difficult conversations well is the key to successful leadership and management in schools - this easily read book will be invaluable to both experienced and new leaders.

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    £14.00
  25. Stopping Bad Things Happening to Good Schools and Good School Leaders

    Stopping Bad Things Happening to Good Schools and Good School Leaders

    Stopping Bad Things Happening to Good Schools and Good School Leaders focuses on what schools can do to prevent and protect themselves from shock-to-the-system and school-harming events.

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    £14.00
  26. Glass Ceilings: Enhancing social mobility - Leadership lessons from Charter Schools

    Glass Ceilings: Enhancing social mobility - Leadership lessons from Charter Schools

    After a Damascene moment following a school trip to the US, Sir Iain Hall realised the UK's approach to urban education is all wrong. In Glass Ceilings, the hugely experienced and respected educator lays out his vision to get social mobility moving again in the UK. Learn More
    £14.00
  27. It's Doing My Head In: Leading complex organisations with a Palaeolithic brain

    It's Doing My Head In: Leading complex organisations with a Palaeolithic brain

    Max Coates' erudite but immensely readable book on leadership is unlike any other. Max, with humanity, explores the destructive nature of stress and shows us how failure to understand its genesis will wreak havoc on the life of a leader - both professionally and personally.

    This is a personal take on leadership; yet it is also packed with masses of scholarly references to prompt further reading and research for the curious reader. Anyone who leads, or who aspires to lead, will gain a huge amount from what amounts to a lifetime's wisdom, reflection and advice compressed into this one book.

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    £14.00
  28. The Great Exception: Why teaching is a profession like no other

    The Great Exception: Why teaching is a profession like no other

    In the past three decades, teaching has seen more change than it had in the previous hundred years. Gone is the ill-defined transmission of academia and in its place now stands a clear, focused and productive system for equipping young people with ... bits of paper. Is this system any better than its predecessor in developing the people that we are told society needs in the 21st century?

    Ian Stock, an experienced and practising teacher for more than 30 years, argues that it is worse. We are now turning out many compliant workplace drones instead of the dynamic, high-aiming innovators that a post-industrial society truly needs. Learn More

    £15.00
  29. Slow Teaching: On finding calm, clarity and impact in the classroom

    Slow Teaching: On finding calm, clarity and impact in the classroom

    Slow Teaching is a thoughtful exploration of how slowing down in all aspects of education can lead to improved student outcomes. It evaluates how this slow pedagogy will result in improved feedback, more nuanced and skilled classroom management and relationships, meaningful classroom dialogue, retention of knowledge and school leadership with attention to detail.

    It explores how to slowly deepen the craft of teaching to grow expert practitioners who are committed to mastering their practice. It also reflects on strategies that will enable teachers to feel calm, confident and organised in a profession that can often appear relentless. Learn More

    £15.00
  30. The Inner Curriculum: How to nourish Wellbeing, Resilience & Self-leadership

    The Inner Curriculum: How to nourish Wellbeing, Resilience & Self-leadership

    The authors have been mindful to create this guide as one that gives the reader both an understanding of the transformational theoretical ideas underpinning it and a range of practical exercises that will support its implementation. In the first theoretical part of this guide the authors give the reader an overview of Values-based Education (VbE): the Inner Curriculum (IC) and their relationship with each other. Part B explores how to implement the Inner Curriculum (IC). Learn More
    £14.00
  31. Great Aspirations

    Great Aspirations

    Great Aspirations is more than a series of case studies from Outstanding schools; it is a collection of stories of what can be achieved when school leaders believe in achieving the exceptional. It is the latest in a collection of case studies emanating from the Going For Great programme, run by the London Leadership Strategy.

    Going for Great supports outstanding schools to learn from each other and in turn support the schools around them. Now in its 9th year, Going for Great has supported 130 schools. Each year, a new cohort contributes a book of case studies documenting innovative, inspiring initiatives in their schools. This book is the 8th in that series. Learn More

    £16.00
  32. An Educator's Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

    An Educator's Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

    A brilliant and practical collection of essays by educators, psychologists and counsellors, highlighting the critical importance of mental health and wellbeing of students in our schools. Learn More
    £15.00
  33. Thinking Reading: What every secondary teacher needs to know about reading

    Thinking Reading: What every secondary teacher needs to know about reading

    In this highly accessible book James and Dianne Murphy combine more than 50 years of experience to provide teachers with a thorough, easy to use introduction to the extensive research on reading and its effects on student achievement. Drawing on the work of experts from around the world, the authors explore how we learn to read, how the many myths and misconceptions around reading developed, and why they continue to persist. Learn More
    £15.00
  34. Success is a Journey

    Success is a Journey

    Roy Blatchford is one of the UK's most respected educationists. 'Success is a Journey' is a beautifully written collection of his recent essays about the education landscape, reflecting Roy's very high regard for teaching and schools. Learn More
    £12.00
  35. Other People's Children: What happens to those in the bottom 50% academically?

    Other People's Children: What happens to those in the bottom 50% academically?

    In 2017 Barnaby Lenon, previously the head master of Harrow School, wrote a best-selling book about high-achieving state schools in England (Much Promise). Later that year he went on a tour of Further Education colleges and started to research the fortunes of those who do less well at school. In Other People's Children he writes about the state of vocational education in England and the implications of his findings for a post-Brexit economy. Learn More
    £15.00
  36. Great Expectations: Leading an Effective SEND Strategy in School

    Great Expectations: Leading an Effective SEND Strategy in School

    A selection of essays from leading educationalists and school leaders with a track record of improving outcomes for children and young people with additional needs, highlighting the significant role that school leaders play in shaping effective practice in SEND. Learn More
    £15.00
  37. The School Business Manager's Handbook

    The School Business Manager's Handbook

    This book, published in partnership with ASCL, brings together guidance, advice and tips from school business leaders across the sector. Demonstrating the importance of being an outward facing leader, who knows their value and can clearly communicate their impact. Learn More
    £18.00
  38. Lessons Learned: A life in education

    Lessons Learned: A life in education

    AVAILABLE FROM MAY 17 2018

    Drawing on 38 years of experience, Brian Lightman's perceptive and thoughtful book is a reflective account of his career, looking at the development of the education system both from his perspective as a teacher and school leader and, more recently, as one involved in national policy.

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    £16.00
  39. The Best For My Child: Did the schools market deliver?

    The Best For My Child: Did the schools market deliver?

    Parent choice, diversity of school provision and the idea of a quasi-market in schools have dominated education policy for the last thirty years since the passage of the 1988 Great Education Reform Act. But has the market worked in the way that was intended? Are schools better? Do we have a fairer school system? Do parents really have choice?

    Author and journalist Fiona Millar looks at why these policies have proved so seductive to a generation of politicians and seeks to uncover whether we really are are doing 'the best for all our children'. If we are not, what could and should future reform look like? Learn More

    £14.00
  40. Wholesome Leadership: The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leaders

    Wholesome Leadership: The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leaders

    Spanning the comprehensive perspective of self, school and system, this tour-de-force is both well-informed and uplifting whilst at the same time being full of practical advice and guidance, rooted in the author’s front-line role leading a school.

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    £16.00
  41. Everyone Succeeds: Leadership Matters in action

    Everyone Succeeds: Leadership Matters in action

    Everyone Succeeds is the story of Torquay Academy, where head Steve Margetts has employed the Leadership Matters principles to turn round a failing school into one of the most improved in SW England in just three years. Learn More
    £10.00
  42. The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to coherence

    The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to coherence

    Increasingly, across the system, people are talking about knowledge and curriculum. In this timely new book, Mary Myatt is at her brilliant best as she passionately argues that the solutions to overcoming achievement barriers lie in understanding the curriculum and in what children are meant to know. Learn More
    £15.00
  43. Sustaining Resilience for Leadership: Stories from Education

    Sustaining Resilience for Leadership: Stories from Education

    Julia Steward draws on research findings and on her work as a leadership development coach and facilitator. Reflections on her own experience as a leader illustrate how unconscious habits of thinking and behaviour can hijack our leadership development in any profession. Practical exercises address the question: what can I do about this if it applies to me? Learn More
    £14.00
  44. Global Perspectives in Positive Education

    Global Perspectives in Positive Education

    The common goal of the contributing authors in this publication is to engage, learn from and share success in order to energise the positive education movement for the benefit of our young people. This is the greatest contribution we can make to the future of our global society and the wellbeing of its citizens. Learn More
    £16.00
  45. Leadership Matters 3.0: How leaders at all levels can create great schools - 3RD EDITION! NOW FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED

    Leadership Matters 3.0: How leaders at all levels can create great schools - 3RD EDITION! NOW FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED

    Leadership Matters: How leaders at all levels can create great schools improves the educational outcomes for children by empowering educational leaders in national, regional and local contexts to examine, refine and develop their management skills.

    Andy takes in-depth and diagnostic approach, encouraging leaders at all levels in schools to think about their own personal qualities; their specific situation; their own leadership actions; and their own overall leadership approach.

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    £14.00
  46. Leadership Matters: The Journal 2.0

    Leadership Matters: The Journal 2.0

    This Journal, an updated companion publication to Andy Buck's bestselling book Leadership Matters 3.0, will support you in your reflections, so that you can identify what is most useful for you in the context of your current role and situation. Learn More
    £10.00
  47. Hairdresser or Footballer? Bridging the gender gap in schools

    Hairdresser or Footballer? Bridging the gender gap in schools

    Teaching is a profession where we are persistently trying to ensure that our children have the best possible future, yet gender is still a huge hurdle in terms of expectations. We are setting children up to fail because society instills certain messages in them that can often stop them from achieving what they desire and as teachers, we aren’t always opposing them. Often, teachers are so removed from this issue that they don’t see it going on in their classroom. This book provides thinking points for teachers and useful strategies for schools to overcome this divide and provide equal opportunities for all children. It’s commonplace to see this divide in newspapers and on social media, it’s something that needs to be addressed. As educators, we need to be at the forefront of this revolution.

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    £14.00
  48. Talent Architects: How to make your school a great place to work

    Talent Architects: How to make your school a great place to work

    Mandy Coalter draws on her extensive HR experience in the schools sector and beyond to support you to build a great place to work where everyone can excel in the interests of the children. She provides practical tips and support that will help to improve staff retention, performance and engagement, while tackling topics such as addressing teacher workload, what really motivates and retains staff and the crucial role that leaders play in ensuring great people management in schools.

    Insightful, captivating and authentic, Mandy suggests fresh and practical new ideas and opportunities to strengthen your school and teachers, better equipping them to support their pupils.

    A graduate in Law, a Fellow of the CIPD and a trained Executive Coach (ILM7), Mandy joined United Learning in 2012 where she developed a 5 Year People Strategy. The United Learning HR team won the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development ‘HR Team of the Year’ in 2016. HR Magazine listed Mandy in the top 40 ‘HR Most Influential’ in 2017 and she was shortlisted for the HR Excellence Awards ‘HR Director of the Year’ 2018.

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    £12.00
  49. The Nine Pillars of Great Schools

    The Nine Pillars of Great Schools

    This publication seeks to explore in depth the Nine Pillars of Greatness written by the course leaders of the Going for Great programme. It considers the range of characteristics that define great schooling, from a school's values and ethos, leadership and teaching to its curriculum, approach to professional development, learning community and ongoing self-evaluation. Learn More
    £14.00
  50. How Poems Work: Meanings, techniques and effects in 100 poems from Beowulf to the Iraq War

    How Poems Work: Meanings, techniques and effects in 100 poems from Beowulf to the Iraq War

    Readers of poetry are often told to leave poems alone - to learn them by heart or to enjoy how they sound and leave it at that. This is all very well, except for those readers who have to study poetry at school or university. Or other readers who don't yet enjoy poems because they are daunted by their seemingly impenetrable meanings or inaccessible techniques.

    In this annotated anthology, Robert Gullifer and Matthew Jenkinson demystify poetry while showing that there are many good reasons to pick poems apart. From Beowulf to the Iraq War, a millennium of poetry is presented to give readers a sense of how poems have evolved since we first started writing them down. 

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    £18.00