Picador, 2007; 50pp; ISBN 9780330440547
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
‘Superb…technical mastery and fresh, unrehearsed sensibility is what makes this collection so exciting.’ – The Times
“Frances Leviston’s excellent début… has the enviable knack of making the dense and complex seem effortless, offering subtle conclusions with an irresistible lightness of touch” – The Guardian
“This is the best first book I have read for years; I am sure there is a great deal more to come from Frances Leviston” – Bernard O’Donoghue
“Frances Leviston’s coolly intelligent Public Dream combines technical mastery with a lucidity that verges on the hypnotic” – The Independent
“Public Dream is a first book of real interest, not least because it is a book with an abiding preoccupation by a poet who is both formally adept and who needs to find out what language can do for her” – The Observer
“[A] first book of considerable assurance and promise” – The Sunday Times