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Hugo Williams's new poems confirm his national-treasure status

A review of ‘I Knew the Bride’, by Hugo Williams. A marvellous, memorious collection drawn to the second world war and family heartache

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

I Knew the Bride Hugo Williams

Faber, pp.80, £12.99, ISBN: 978057130888

Around 1960, I went to work with the literary staff of The Spectator, where I was followed, in a later world, by the poet and diarist Hugo Williams. At this early stage it was possible to feel close to the family that could be inferred from his poems: a mother and a film-star father injured in the war, two brothers, a sister.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £11.69. Tel: 08430 600033. Karl Miller was literary editor in 1958, and was later literary editor of the New Statesman.

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