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Now We Are Sixty

Christopher Matthew

3 Reviews

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Poetry, Poetry by individual poets, Prose: non-fiction, Fiction, Humour, Parodies & spoofs

Taking some of A.A. Milne's best-known poems - such as Buckingham Palace and The King's Breakfast - Matthew presents some rewrites for the 60-year-old. Some are about Suddenly-Realizing-You're-Much-Older-Than-You-Thought, others about Difficulties-Of-Coping-With-Modern-Life.

When Christopher Matthew was six, the poems of Milne always reassured him that other children were as naughty as he was, so on reaching sixty he decided that he should adapt Now We Are Six for an older audience.

Now We Are Sixty is often hilarious, sometimes rueful and always thought-provoking. Some verses are about realising we are not as young as we thought, while some are about the more disconcerting problems of modern life; mobile telephones on trains, anti-social behaviour, traffic jams and the internet.

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Praise for Now We Are Sixty

  • This affectionate tribute to Milne follows the familiar rhythms and rhyme schemes of the master - The Oldie

  • Matthews retains the rhythms of the originals while neatly and wittily updating them to fit the modern world ... aided and abetted by David Eccles' faithfully rendered illustrations. - Glasgow Herald

  • humorous pastiches ... a charming book - Glasgow Herald

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Christopher Matthew

Christopher Matthew is the author of Now We Are Sixty, Now We Are Sixty (And a Bit) Summoned by Balls and When We Were Fifty. He reviews books for the Daily Mail, and is regularly heard on BBC Radio 4. He lives in London and Suffolk.

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