“Pretend You Don’t Know Me” – brings together in one volume the best of Finuala Dowling’s funny, poignant and idiosyncratic poetry from earlier prize-winning collections, with a section devoted to new poems.
Pretend You Don’t Know Me brings together in one volume the best of Finuala Dowling’s funny, poignant and idiosyncratic poetry from four earlier prizewinning collections, with a section devoted to new poems. This new collection contains her iconic poem ‘To the doctor who treated the raped baby and who felt such despair’ as well as Dowling’s tragicomic cycle of poems on the theme of her mother’s dementia, and the hugely popular poems ‘Butter’ and ‘The abuse of cauliflowers’. At the heart of the book are the funny and poignant connections we make with other people, and the lifelong effort to stay whole. ‘Pretend You Don’t Know Me, by South African Finuala Dowling, is a witty and wise collection of new and selected poems. Her sequence about her mother’s dementia is very touching. Elsewhere, these vital works will have you crying with laughter.’ – Jackie Kay, The Guardian (Books of the Year 2018)
Finuala Dowling’s first poetry collection, I Flying, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her second, DooWop Girls of the Universe, was joint winner of the Sanlam Prize, and her third, Notes from the Dementia Ward, won the Olive Schreiner Prize. Her novels are What Poets Need, Flyleaf, Homemaking for the DownatHeart (MNet Prize 2012) and The Fetch.
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