Five Sugars Please


Hegley, John

18/03/1999 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413773005

About Five Sugars Please


Five Sugars Please, John Hegley's bestselling thin third volume, is a collection of poems and prose pieces, accompanied by the author's drawings. It contains cafés ancient and modern, Romans and Martians, and the mystery of the 'men's face-cloth', as well as the story 'Declaring Martian Law'. There are extracts from various journals: Portugal, India and Berwick-upon-Tweed, as well as meditations upon greed, Rembrandt, sleeping bags and doing the hoovering. Properly.

John Hegley is not a normal poet … the truth of the matter is that in all the best poetry, profundity and humour become one. The Elizabethans had a name for it - the Poetry of Wit


Hegley is that literary rarity - a successful poet, whose slim volumes of verse repay debts to the pop ballads of the Merseybeat bards such as Roger McGough and Brian Patte, the psychedelic psycho-babble of John Lennon, and the nonsense rhymes of Victorian Edward Lear and Lewis Carrol



As a comic poet he's unrivalled

Time Out



John Hegley

John Hegley performs live at venues all over Britain, including at the Edinburgh Festival. He appears on television and radio and his poems are featured regularly in The Guardian. He has published numerous volumes of poetry.

His various media appearances include Wogan, Ross, Anderson, a mention on Brookside, two John Peel sessions with musical outfit The Popticians, They Think It's All Over and a host of others. He has also been the subject of a BBC Radio 4 series Hearing With Hegley.

He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Luton, in which town he grew up. He accompanies some of his verses on the mandolin. He has worked on buses and in a social security office, a hospital and a rag-cleaning factory, but it is the theatre he loves best.


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