Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss

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In 72 prose-poems Michael Rosen tells the story of a life: his left-wing Jewish upbringing, with baffling childhood trips to Trafalgar Square, eastern Europe and hospital, followed by trainee days at the BBC under the watchful eyes of MI5, breakdown of a marriage, development of a new relationship and the joy of a new baby. And, in a core series of pieces, the central calamity of his life: the sudden death from meningitis of his 18 year-old son. "Rather you than me", said one of the neighbours on hearing the news - a remark that Rosen records, as he does much else to do with death, with surprised, painful honesty.

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Michael Rosen was born and brought up in north London. Since the early 70s he has made his living from writing, performing and broadcasting. He is a regular on Radio 4 and the World Service. He has won numerous awards both for his broadcasting and for his children's poetry. He lives in Hackney.

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