That saying? Behind every famous man. Witty and thought-provoking, this is a tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred look at the real movers and shakers across history, myth and legend. Elvis's wimpled sister rocks on in a convent she calls Graceland; Nancy Sinatra gets out her boots made for walking with the Kray Sisters; Mrs Midas misses the touch of her now dangerous golden-handed husband; and Queen Herod decrees the killing of each mother's son to protect her baby daughter in Carol Ann Duffy's startling new collection The World's Wife.
On this page I use red type for emphasis. Brown type is used where italics would appear in print in this screen font, italic looks like this , and is unkind on most readers. Headings have their own hierarchical logic, too:. Carol Ann was the eldest child, and had four brothers. She was brought up in Stafford, in the north midlands, where her father was a local councillor, a parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party in and manager of Stafford FC, an amateur football team.
Carol Ann Duffy, born on 23 December , is 'a self-confessed atheist' who writes carols, a playful subverter of yesterday's myths, winner of the TS Eliot poetry prize and now Britain's Poet Laureate. Highbrow and lowbrow, readers love her. It's perhaps not surprising to find a reference to Auden, too. I'd marked hundreds of essays on 'Mrs Beast' from The World's Wife without once seeing a reference to the parody of Auden in the last line.