The wonderful new collection of poems, anecdotes and short verses from the inimitable Pam Ayres.
Pam Ayres, our much-loved comedienne and broadcaster, has
entertained us for almost 40 years since winning Opportunity Knocks
in 1975. Her series on BBC Radio 4 is Ayres on the Air, and she has
also appeared as a guest on Just A Minute, Loose Ends and Saturday
Live. She is one of the UK's top-selling comediennes with her
Pam's poetry collections include The Works, With These Hands and Surgically Enhanced, and The Necessary Aptitude is her memoir of growing up in Berkshire during the post-war years. Pam has appeared three times for HM Queen Elizabeth, and was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2004. Pam and her husband have lived in Gloucestershire for over 25 years, where they have a smallholding with cattle, sheep, bees, chickens and guinea fowl.
When I say that Pam Ayres ought to be the Oxford Professor of
Poetry, even the Poet Laureate, I am not being facetious ... Ayres
uses simple verse forms - comic ballads or folk song idioms - to
make poignant observations about tiresome husbands, gossiping
wives, false teeth or battery hens.
I find her work sweet and sour, gentle and sad, and often very moving in its wistful way