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A wise, rude, sharp poetry collection encompassing a life from childhood to attempted adulthood, from one of the most important poets of the new generation.

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Hollie McNish has published two previous collections, Papers and Cherry Pie, and one poetic memoir, Nobody Told Me. In 2016 she co-wrote the play Offside, which relates the two-hundred year history of UK women's football, and collaborated with the Dutch ensemble, the Metropole Orkest, on her second poetry album Versus. McNish tours the UK extensively, and her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide. She has a keen interest in migration studies, infant health and language learning, and gives performances of her work for organisations as diverse as The Economist, MTV and UNICEF. Plum is her first collection for Picador.


Plum is certainly brave...The poems are refreshingly funny, angry, contemplative and personal. A sense of wanting the world to be a better place shines out. * The Telegraph *
She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we've grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes -- Kate Tempest
Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings * Observer *
The acclaimed Hollie McNish's Plum immediately establishes an intimacy between the poet and the reader. A collection recounting McNish's memories of growing up, Plum is charismatic for its revelations of warmth; hilarious and moving. Frank, rude, and innocent, this likeable voice makes for an entertaining read. * Poetry Book Society *
'[Plum] proves poet's voice is one that needs to be heard...she continues to let it all hang out in fearless and often amusing style.Much of what McNish has to say urgently needs saying' * The Scotsman *

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