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The prize-winning poet's brilliant second collection

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AndrewMcMillan's debut, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. It was shortlisted fornumerous others including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is a senior lecturer in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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"[An] equally page-turning second collection... McMillan is 30, but writes with the melancholy understatement for an older writer... McMillan's pared-back style puts great weight on each word, often with magnetic results... McMillan wears his influences on his sleeve - Thom Gunn, Sharon Olds's explicit Odes, a flicker of Book of Matches-era Simon Armitage - yet brings them together in a voice that is confident, captivating and distinctly his own... Any fans of physical worrying how McMillan could top one of the most widely praised debuts of recent years should breathe a sigh of relief: playtime may be a quieter collection, but it's a deeper, richer one too." -- Tristram Fane Saunders * Telegraph **Poetry Book of the Month** *
"Andrew McMillan's second collection, playtime, is every bit as impressive as his first, physical... He seems attuned to the world around him and he has a sly sense of humour at his command. He is more than promising now." -- Paul Bailey * Literary Review *
"[In playtime] McMillan makes it clear that the poetics of physical wasn't a one-off. As with all the best second outings, this collection firmly establishes his patent... [a] fully realised, deeply humane collection." -- Sarah Crown * Guardian *
"McMillan scrutinises the violent idealism of masculinity in monologues that are both tender and steely... told with courage, invention and charm." -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * Sunday Times, **Books of the Year** *
"Andrew McMillan's award-winning debut collection, physical, a raw and tender exploration of gay love and desire, heralded him as a new force in contemporary poetry. This, his second book, only cements that reputation... these poems are insightful, revealing, honest and brutally tender." * attitude *
"playtime is admirably devoted to intimacies and it has a tenderness to it even in its most private of moments... This is a triumphant collection of poems." -- Elaine Cosgrove * Totally Dublin *
"By returning to familiar ground and deepening his engagement with it, McMillan makes clear that the poetics of physical wasn't a one-off. As with all the best second outings, this collection firmly establishes his patent... [a] fully realised, deeply humane collection." -- Sarah Crown * Guardian *
"Vivid, accessible and honest, sometimes uncomfortably so." -- Alan Bennett * London Review of Books *

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