The Works: The Classic Collection


The Works contains 120 of Pam Ayres’ best-known poems from the seventies and eighties, including ‘The Battery Hen’, ‘Please Will You Take Your Children Home Before I Do Them In?’, ‘Sling Another Chair Leg on the Fire, Mother’ and, of course, ‘Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’.

For this new edition Pam has written a general introduction, as well as individual introductions to the poems, many of which are now illustrated with specially commissioned line drawings by Susan Hellard. This is the first time The Works has been available in hardback and is certain to delight Pam’s fans of all ages.

Pam is one of Britain’s best-loved personalities and has been a regular on television and radio for more than 30 years – most recently on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

What the critics say…

One of the fastest selling tickets at the Fringe, Pam Ayres’ appeal seems undiminished.
Edinburgh Herald

Pam Ayres is a poet for the people. Her verse portrays a wicked sense of humour, and deals with subjects not normally thought to be worthy of poetry.
Melbourne Herald Sun

Pam Ayres, the bestselling poet, writes as rhapsodically about the Wonderbra as Wordsworth did about daffodils.
Guardian

Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life.
Sunday Times