Review: Sideways on to everything we knew

Andrew Motion, Essex Clay, Faber, £14.99, ISBN 9780571339969 Ruth Padel, Emerald, Chatto, £10.99, ISBN 9781784741075 Alice Hiller on two works of parental elegy . . . The present-absence of maternal loss is the heartland of two new collections by Ruth Padel and Andrew Motion. Emerald, published a year after Padel’s mother died, aged ninety-seven, in … Continue reading Review: Sideways on to everything we knew