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Connie Bensley's poems are sharply satirical, often poking fun at social pretence and suburban pretension. They present a comedy of manners in which mismatched characters are bounced between love, death and disappointment. Hers is a seemingly small world but one which spans a whole universe of everyday life.

Her latest collection, Private Pleasures, touches on a range of experience, from kissing, household maintenance, sibling rivalry and biography to the fruit which is best eaten in solitude.

"Connie Bensley's poems are not only funny but truthful. This is the world viewed from London SW13: but hope, betrayal, love, self-delusion, moments of happiness characterise life lived in the suburbs just as much as anywhere else."
Harry Eyres, Express on Sunday

"Bensley is in fact a serious poet, dealing with serious matters. Beneath a deceptively light surface lie love, betrayal, loss, loneliness, fear, death. Her great strength is her unpretentiousness, her self- mockery, her refusal to be portentous."
R.V. Bailey, Envoi

"It makes for a wonderful, sad, cynical experience, as if La Rochefoucauld were meeting Alan Bennett over tea and cakes."
Ross Cogan, Orbis

"If Alan Ayckbourn wrote poetry instead of plays, he would sound something like Connie BensleyÖ Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy."
Adam Thorpe, Observer

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