The Book Show aired in 2009, this is an archived article.
Show 1: Celia Hewitt from Highgate bookshop Ripping Yarns on her recommendation for a great book club read.
Ripping Yarns in Highgate, North London has been a book shop since the 1920s and Celia Hewitt has been there for the last 20 years. It specialises in childrens and illustrated books, but stocks an eclectic mix of literature.
Red Sky at Night: Socialist Poetry edited by Adrian Mitchell & Andy Croft
Celia Hewitt recommends this anthology as a great book club read because, as she says, "This is a great anthology which talks all about oppression, fear, war and all the bad things in the world, but also imagination, passion and love. It includes poems by a variety of writers: William Blake; Robert Graves; Lewis Allan; Roger McGough. Modern women poets are also well-represented with Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead.
People are afraid of poetry. We're taught to analyse it; that it's difficult. Poetry is just a beautiful, simple way of telling the truth."