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The Historians by Eavan Boland

The Historians

Eavan Boland

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication date: 29 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781784109141

A new collection from Eavan Boland, a pioneering figure in Irish poetry who has been credited with inspiring a generation. This will be her final collection, following her passing in April 2020.

1 Prize for The Historians

Costa Book Awards
2020 Category Winner

Winner: Best Poetry Book

Pioneering Irish poet Eavan Boland posthumously wins the Costa Poetry Award – the third writer to do so - with her final collection, The Historians, described by the judges as ‘an extraordinary book.’

Jill McDonald, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “Five outstanding books and five very worthy Award winners – what a wonderful way to start the year.  The Costa Book Awards are all about recognising great writing and a good read and we’re very proud to be announcing such a brilliant collection of books for readers to explore and enjoy.”


4 stars out of 5
Fred Johnston
21 Sep 2020

"This modest collection is welcome and those who have not read Boland"

his is an era in which more Irish women are writing and publishing poetry than ever thitherto, but few have Boland’s craftsmanship or intricate mastery of the weave and play of the simple and heart-deep experience of women with the greater mutating history of which they are a part. It is cliché and pseudo-speak to suggest that her poetry and vision gave women ‘permission’ to engage with Ireland, with their own history and the history of the nation at the same time, but neither is it entirely untrue. This modest collection is welcome and those who have not read Boland—few though they may be—will find here at least an introduction to her always-potent art. For others, it will serve as a coda to a poetic life well lived.