First published in Great Britain in 2021 by Carcanet/Northern House Alliance House, 30 Cross Street Manchester, m2 7aq Text copyright © Paul Batchelor 2021 The right of Paul Batchelor to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988; all rights reserved. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. isbn 978 1 80017 199 2 Book design by Andrew Latimer Printed in Great Britain by SRP Ltd, Exeter, Devon

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