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Charles Causley was one of England's most distinguished poets. Ted Hughes said, 'Among the English Poetry of the last half-century, Charles Causley's could well turn out to be the best loved and the most needed.' Apart from six years in the wartime Royal Navy he lived almost all his life in his native town of Launceston in Cornwall, where he also once worked as a teacher. He has published many collections of his work both for adults and for children and won a number of literary awards and prizes. In 1986 he was appointed CBE.
This Macmillan Classics edition is truly a special gift to treasure. The poems in this collection all by Charles Causley, who is considered to be one of the greatest post-war poets, were chosen and arranged by him. They feature as great a variety of subject and tone and place as any reader could wish for.
A magical mermaid picture book, based on a classic Cornish story. On the rugged Cornish coast, where the land meets the sea, lies the village of Zennor. Here, there are stories and whispers of a villager capturing the heart of a mysterious and beautiful stranger from the sea ... a mermaid! From a landscape rich with myth and magic comes this classic folk tale. With beautiful watercolour illustrations from award-winning artist Michael Foreman. 'A simple, magical story which enters your heart and stays there.' Books For Keeps
A retelling of a traditional Cornish folktale, illustrated in full colour by Michael Foreman. Next time you stare out to sea and spot a glimmering in the waves, look closer...it just might be a merrymaid! When Zachy's friend, Tom Taskis meets a mysterious young lady, it is only Zachy who knows she's a merrymaid! Tom asks Zachy not to say a word before he and his beautiful maiden disappear into the rushing water. Nearly a year later, when Zachy discovers a merrychild swept in from the crashing waves, he returns it to the spot where he last saw his friend Tom with the beautiful merrymaid...but will he see Tom or the merrymaid again?
This revised collection gathers together Charles Causley's poetry spanning a period of more than fifty years and includes his most recent unpublished work as well as some of his poems for children. `There are poems in this superb volume that will shine for as long as there are humans to read them' Kevin Crossley-Holland, Times Educational Supplement `Almost everything in his Collected Poems communicates with instant, attention-seizing effect, and few living poets are so readily memorised . . . hardly a page in this handsome volume fails to impress and enchant with technical virtuosity and unnerving imagination' Alan Brownjohn, Sunday Times