Early Train


Jonathan Davidson has a loving, observant and wry regard for the frailties of the human condition. He makes fresh something we thought we knew; writing of the everyday the way Vermeer might be said to paint it.’ — Maura Dooley

‘These are thoughtful, lucid, deceptively simple poems; but their eye is clear and their approach graceful. Sometimes concealing a darker melancholy, they find truths in the prosaic details of our lives – such as bike frames and Sunday papers in the garden.’ — Stuart Maconie

‘Distant and yet close, intimate and yet somehow objective, the quiet power of these tender and true poems pulls you in. Davidson is as interested in the haunting strangeness of nostalgia as he is in the oddly humanising effect of the mundane. And he often finds in the ordinary something joyous and surprising. This is a remarkable collection.’ — Jackie Kay

‘These poems are carefully crafted, even artful, almost exquisite at times in the ways they precisely deploy the language of the everyday and images of ordinariness. Davidson documents the personal importance of everyday things in such a way that what might be thought trivial is discovered to be essential, and what might be ignored as commonplace finds it own voice.’ — Noel Williams, Orbis

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Jonathan Davidson was born in 1964 and grew up in Didcot. He now lives in Coventry and is married with two children. His first full collection, The Living Room, was published in 1994. A pamphlet, A Horse Called House, published in 1997, was followed by seven radio plays broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and by adaptation of Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns and W S Graham’s The Nightfishing (both for Radio 3). In 2008 and 2009 his stage adaptation of Mary Webb’s novel Precious Bane was toured extensively by Interplay Theatre.