Overheard In A Tower Block
By Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by Kate Milner
Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s astonishing new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.
'Gazing at the stars from five storeys up,
smelling the bins from five storeys below.
A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library….
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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 18
Shortlisted for the CLIPPA Award 18
"Joseph Coelho is a notable newcomer, touching on subjects ranging from the hungry mouth of a communal chute bin, devouring the disappointments of its residents, to mythical transgressions."
Imogen Russell Williams - Times Literary Supplement
"A stunning – and stunningly illustrated by Kate Milner – poetry collection. You can dip in and out of it (‘City Kids’ is my current favourite) but there is also a narrative vein running through it. It is powerful and atmospheric, and has true ‘crossover’ appeal."
Clare Pearson - Achuka Best Books of the Year
"[The author] has surpassed himself with this breathtaking collection of poems for older children. Kate Milner's black and white illustrations perfectly enhance the narrative. This collection will stay with you always."
CLPE Books of the Year