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African Book Publishing Record praises “Fourth Child”

Fourth ChildThe African Publishing Book Record published a short incisive review of Fourth Child by Megan Hall last year. Modjaji Books is delighted that Megan Hall, the first author we published, is participating in the Badilisha Poetry X-change, next week in Cape Town.

Megan Hall
Fourth Child.
Athlone, South Africa: Modjaji Books, 2007.
55pp price not reported pap. ISBN 9780980272901

These are searingly honest poems that cut deep with deceptive simplicity. Megan Hall approaches love with a clinical romanticism, laying bare long-held hopes and illusions. Fourth Child is a complex, carefully constructed collection of poems. The overall effect is of homely comfort: the reader is invited to cuddle up by the fireside with a glass of wine and enjoy some beautiful lines and images, to share in heartbreaks and, ultimately, to savour the wonderful healing power of words. The author has a dark sense of humour that surfaces at unexpected moments where, rather than reflect a pervading sense of abandonment and disillusion, it elicits an enduring sense that hope and love will prevail.

This is a book the reader will return to repeatedly. Fourth Child is recommended for school libraries, special collections and general readers.

Peter Midgeley
University of Alberta
The African Book Publishing Record Vol 34, no. 4, 2008

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 13th, 2009 @19:42 #

    Lovely review. I like this Peter Midgeley. He's a careful reader.


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