The World's Wife

Picador Classic
Narrated by: Carol Ann Duffy
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
Categories: Drama & Poetry, Poetry

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This unique collection of poems from the poet laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.

Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk. The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.

Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

©2017 Carol Ann Duffy (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Mrs A Tarratt
  • 02-10-20

Not for me

This was not for me, others may like it but please listen to the sample first as I didn’t but wished I had.

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  • Frankie's mummy
  • 02-05-20


I found this really hard to listen to due to the monotonous narrator - it was such a shame that such a skilled poet did not bring her poetry to life. I gave up and read the book instead which I really enjoyed