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Publisher's Summary

A Poem for Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share on every day of the year. The collection is passionately narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale, with introductions read by Allie Esiri and contributions from Damian Lynch and Peter Forbes. Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates - funny for April Fool's Day, festive for Christmas - these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating and empowering! 

Perfect for listening to with all the family, this audiobook is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. T. S. Eliot, John Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Kate Tempest. This soul-enhancing audiobook is the perfect gift that will last the whole year, with a little bit of magic to hear every day. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the Track Listing and Acknowledgements can be found on a supplementary PDF which is available to download in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 Allie Esiri (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • mr eric hughes
  • 02-02-18

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

I listened in my bath, I listened in my bed, I listened all thro' wintertime till Spring had reared its head. I really enjoyed this book immensely it has got lots of poems for every age group. It is an audible gem of excellence. Well done everyone.

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  • Alex M
  • 11-07-18

Poetry brought to life – an exceptional audiobook

I already had the book in print, but when I saw that there was an audiobook available, I immediately bought that too, and now I listen to poems in the morning as I get dressed... The best way I've found to start the day. Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale do a fabulous job of performing the brilliant poems, together, they breathe life into the poetry. Best audio book I've bought. I highly, highly recommend it.

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  • GB
  • 23-10-18

Very informative

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio. My 6 year old son enjoys listening to it whilst he falls asleep. The poems are well read and Helena Bonham Carter is very engaging. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-19

Great works

Here are some of the world's best poems I can connect with.
Poems so great that it makes me believe that human beings are gods.
To mention but a few:
The pulley
Friendship
But I can't
Refugees
How many seconds in a minute
Give
Right words
Who has seen the winds

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  • H. P.
  • 31-01-18

Not what I expected

There were some amazing poems but therr were others I did not enjoy. Often they were chosen to fit in with an historical event on the day rather than the beauty of the poetry (although beauty is subjective). The same poets kept cropping up -I had hoped for 365 different poets. Some of the poems were doggerel or from popular songs. As often is the case I could not see from the description which poems were being offered. The narration of both the poems and the description was good. If I had known the full content I would not have bought it

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  • 28-05-20

Some awful readings are spoling this book for me

After a bright start, now that it's the end of May I am thoroughly fed up with the wayward readings by Helena Bonham-Carter. She has a pleasant enough voice normally but here, much of the time, she sounds like a precocious child putting on a show for an adoring and uncritical group of family and friends. Ludicrous over-acting that would shame an early-years drama student. I know that reading of poetry is partly a matter of personal taste but I think the producer should have reined in Ms B-C's excesses.
That major point aside, the choice of poems is nicely eclectic. Again, not all to my personal choice (reading lyrics of songs seems aberrant for example), but that makes for variety, surprise and opportunity to discuss with others - I listen with my partner. We find it best to have the physical book handy to get the best from the poems.

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  • gillianbishop4
  • 30-08-20

Disappointment

After enjoying Shakespeare for every day in the year, I found this item disappointing. Some of the "poems" would only work if sung, and it was embarrassing to hear the excellent Simon Russell Beale having to emulate non-musical Beatles. Also I found Allie Esiri's commentary somewhat patronising.

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  • Mr Chops
  • 07-06-20

Good selection well organised

More than the usual amount of work went into to producing this audio book. Each chapter is a different poem and the PDF which comes with it allows you to easily choose which ones to listen to or locate those you particularly enjoyed. The selection appears to cover the most well known British poets, so there should be at least a few that you like - assuming you like some poetry!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-20

one of the best audiobooks I've heard

365f something for everyone and for a few I really like and haven't heard most of them before play Helena Bonham Carter's emotional and intelligent Reading my favourite was probably Roald Dahl's poem on TV for television
it's great to have this selection of poems that you can listen to when out and about recycling or at home doing chores and they make me feel quite creative after as well

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  • Sarah
  • 19-04-21

loved the poetry, struggled with narrator.

really loved the poetry but struggled with the female narrator's voice. Felt over-done and unnatural.