How I fear forgetting, forgetting seasons,
beech-mast, leaf-fall, years of the slow infusions,
soft uncertain rain, imprecise grey-green, and
hazel and umber.
(from "September Afternoon in the Schoolyard" in Sudden Arabesque, Oversteps Books)
(Cotswold landscape photo by Dan Papa)
Welcome to my website.
Some of the themes in my poetry, essays, and books are:
place; home; landscape; memory; manuscripts; the shape of the book; the past…..
My poetry collection Sudden Arabesque is coming out this spring from Oversteps Books.
For more info, see the 'Poetry' page (link at the top).
I will be reading from Sudden Arabesque on May 15th at the (click for link) Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Inscription is now available as an ebook for Kindle!
Inscription was named as one of the twelve semi-finalists for the Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award. There were more than 150 entries for this award.
My novel, Inscription, is available in bookshops or online, in paperback and Kindle formats.
The book is published by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Arts, the organization that awarded Inscription the 2013 Eludia Prize.
Inscription is set in first-century Britain and Rome, and also in the late twentieth century. This is a story told in the interwoven voices of two women, writing two thousand years apart.
"Clean, lean, superb prose; the quality of research; thoughtfulness; the subtle interweaving of the stories of two women divided by two millennia but drawn together by circumstance. It's not difficult to praise many components of this unusual and deeply moving historical novel, but what is less obvious, and in the end more profound, is Christine Whittemore's conspicuous achievement in writing a novel about both the consolation of fiction and of writing fiction."
Kevin Crossley-Holland, poet and author of The Seeing Stone and The Hidden Roads: a Memoir of Childhood.
Reviewers have said: "A great read...a very promising first novel;"
"...excellently researched....a delightful and poignant tale...."
To visit my Books page and find out more, click HERE or choose BOOKS from the options at the top.
Ask for Inscription at your local bookshop! Any US or UK bookshop can order it.
In the USA, you can find it in stock at Carroll & Carroll Books in Stroudsburg, PA. In the UK, it's currently in stock at: The Suffolk Anthology, 17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham; Cheltenham Rare Books, Imperial Square, Cheltenham.
Can't get to a bookshop or need it fast? Buy online, as a print paperback or a Kindle ebook.
Click on the bold text in this line for the amazon.co.uk INSCRIPTION page.
The image link below takes you to the (American) amazon page.
You can also find Inscription at barnesandnoble.com, waterstones.com, abe books, and other online vendors.
Explore this website to learn more about my work and publications, and to follow my personal blog (click "blog" in navigation bar at the top of the page), about the writing life, books, reading, and more.
"Look after this book when I am gone, Lucilius. Keep it well gathered and tied. Sew up the stitching, should it loosen. Bind all the pages together. When you hold this book, you are holding something of Tilla and of me."