Elegant, surprising meditations on approaching death—the persistence of past people and things, and the liveliness of infants.  I have much admired and enjoyed JOHN FULLER'S collection of poems, Ghosts. He contemplates age and death with a kind of glee and surprised intelligence that I find very sympathetic.

—A. S. Byatt

Each of JOHN FULLER'S three new books would be a remarkable achievement in which knowledge, wit, and complex feeling engage nature and art in an unflagging array of invention. But these three together are astonishing, and FULLER'S accomplishment seems unrivalled.

—John Hollander

FULLER'S poetry can be seen to build a bridge of boats between light verse and solemn elegy with the best technique of anyone writing in Britain now.—Peter Porter


JOHN FULLER is an acclaimed British poet, novelist, editor and critic, who was recently presented with the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His sixteenth collection of poems, The Space of Joy (2006), was short-listed for the Costa Awards in 2007. Stones and Fires won the Forward Prize in 1996. His fiction includes Flying to Nowhere (1983), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize, The Burning Boys (1989), Look Twice (1991), The Worm and the Star (1993), A Skin Diary (1997), The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole, by Herself (2001) and Flawed Angel (2005). For a quarter of a century he ran the Sycamore Press, where he hand-printed the first publications of James Fenton, Alan Hollinghurst, David Lehman, Gerard Woodward and many other writers.  John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.