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The Cat Prince

On sale

6th June 2024

Price: £10.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472156877

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WINNER of the 2023 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Poetry Collection

‘Pedersen bends words like no-one else. There’s a naughtiness, an innocence and surprising vulnerability in this collection. It’s poetry to intoxicate. Just sublime.’ Juno Dawson

‘Every page of The Cat Prince brought me gladsome joy. Pedersen has the astonishing power of finding the astonishing in every moment that deserves a raised glass’ Daljit Nagra

‘This laser focused collection of poetry by Michael Pedersen will gut you like a fish and smash your heart in. Searingly specific, exquisite and requisite. I relished reading every tiny morsel of it’ Shirley Manson

‘Open-hearted, gut-wrenching and yet elegiac, these poems pack a hefty emotional punch. Michael Pederson’s poems display a huge vocabulary for love, love in all its many forms and guises. These poems chart the journey from boyhood to manhood, the highs and the lows, the losses and the gains, always working their way towards an essential, emotional truth’ Jackie Kay

‘If the alphabet is a piano keyboard then Michael Pedersen plays it with the confidence and panache of a jazz improviser who knows that every note can have the potential to change someone’s life. Be amazed by this book’ Ian McMillan


Michael’s poems are so physical you can almost touch the images in them. Fabulously sensual and alive. I adore poetry like this’
Stephen Fry

The Cat Prince & Other Poems is the third collection from prize-winning poet, and author of Boy Friends, Michael Pedersen.

All moggy moxie, Pedersen croons to the beauty and devastation of love, loss, friendship, cats and careless joy. Equal parts tender and trenchant, raw and ribald, plangent and smutty, these poems exhibit an emotionally charged, fantastical playground of language and lore.

From the brutalising death of a cherished friend comes a gut-wrenching grief. And so begins a tenacious quest for light, lustre and survival as Pedersen pays tender tribute to a gorgeous, life-altering friendship. In doing so, he harks back to the hilarity of being young, reckless and petrified: memories of boys showboating in a fishing tackle shop, games of feline metamorphosis, laments for demolished buildings and a case of constipation of the most pernicious stock.

As frisky as it is fierce, The Cat Prince pounces around the poet’s emotional and physical landscapes, past and present, unfankling a Scotland full of gothic splendour and nature’s majesty.

These poems reveal a poet at his bravest and most vulnerable. The Cat Prince & Other Poems purrs with affection, flashes its teeth, then digs in the claws.

Reviews

Greg McHugh
Lyrical Gangster
Juno Dawson
Pedersen bends words like no-one else. There's a naughtiness, an innocence and surprising vulnerability in this collection. It's poetry to intoxicate. Just sublime.
Daljit Nagra
Every page of The Cat Prince brought me gladsome joy. Pedersen has the astonishing power of finding the astonishing in every moment that deserves a raised glass. This celebration of life is partly achieved through his humorous way with words that constantly made me laugh out!
The Scotsman
Leading the way in new Scottish writing
Liz Lochhead
Endlessly boyishly playful, defiantly un-macho and un-afraid to be daft
Ian McMillan
If the alphabet is a piano keyboard then Michael Pedersen plays it with the confidence and panache of a jazz improviser who knows that every note can have the potential to change someone's life. Be amazed by this book
Gutter Magazine
The Peter Pan of poetry
Shirley Manson
This laser focused collection of poetry by Michael Pedersen will gut you like a fish and smash your heart in. Searingly specific, exquisite and requisite. I relished reading every tiny morsel of it
Scots Magazine
In this latest stunning collection, [Pedersen] touches on themes of life-altering friendship, loss, nature and love
Jackie Kay
Open-hearted, gut-wrenching and yet elegiac, these poems pack a hefty emotional punch. Michael Pederson's poems display a huge vocabulary for love, love in all its many forms and guises. These poems chart the journey from boyhood to manhood, the highs and the lows, the losses and the gains, always working their way towards an essential, emotional truth
Zaffar Kunial
A brilliant book that guards its innocence with open arms

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