I had a big Stephen Herrick session the other day. Yum. You can eat his books like pudding. I love their immediacy and the way the images just tip into your head.
It’s funny how the uploaded images of his book covers are different sizes. Because I think I actually preferred ‘Lonesome Howl’, the little book pictured on the right, to his latest book ‘Cold Skin’. But really, Herrick simply can’t write a bad book. Some are tighter, some are sweeter, some make you laugh and some keep you turning the pages so fast that you have to go back and re-read the whole book all over again just to taste the richness of the language. But they are all good reads. For those who aren’t familiar with his books, Stephen Herrick is a poet. His books are written in verse but they have action-paced narratives. ‘Lonesome Howl’ is a cross between a psychological drama with a hearty dose of wild country thrown in for good measure. ‘Cold Skin’ is a crime story which is definitely for older readers. But my favourite Herrick book will always be ‘The Simple Gift’, perhaps because it was the first of his books that I read or perhaps because it was the simplest story, made deep and interesting through good writing.