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Blood Feather

A new book of poems, published by Jonathan Cape, May 2023

It is a feat to write weight-bearing poems of such lightness. The balance, charm and wit of the writing are remarkable. Kate Kellaway, Observer

  • This is McGuinness's best collection by far, and stands out from the crowd

    Sunday Times

  • An eloquent fusion of the delicate and the direct

    Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2023*

  • Arresting... Reminds us that the best poetry is often that which never makes it from the notebook


  • Brilliant studies... energies by precisely noted details and exact language... a book alive with understated yearning

    Literary Review

  • Patrick McGuinness writes of the other country of childhood with Proustian élan and Nabokovian delight

    John Banville, author of THE SEA

  • This is a deeply moving book of poems ... Shimmering with the "sweet dark syrup" of humour, and gorgeous sleights of imagery, these are poems of extraordinary grace; they come up for air with their cupped hands empty, yet brimming with light

    Fiona Benson, author of EPHEMERON

  • An extraordinary writer of great compassion

    Denise Mina, author of THE FIELD OF BLOOD


Real Oxford

Published 21 June by Seren Books



Throw me to the Wolves won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2020

Throw me to the Wolves Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award


"This is a writer worth knowing… [McGuinness] combines elegant prose with caustic commentary on romance, education and crime… most people can write for a lifetime and not produce so perfect a sentence."

Patrick Anderson

Washington Post

Published April 2019

Jonathan Cape

Recent Books

Patrick McGuinness is a British novelist and poet. He is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford, where he is Fellow and Tutor at St Anne's College.


The Last Hundred Days

Other People's Countries

Throw Me to the Wolves

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