Warning: When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Author(s): Jenny Joseph


Voted Britain’s best-loved poem by viewers of BBC TV’s Bookworm, this perennial favorite with its declaration of defiance against convention appeals to all those with a secret desire to throw off the strictures of propriety and set out deliberately to shock and be outrageous. It sums up this wish perfectly with its pronouncement: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me/I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired/And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells.” Reprinted here as a gift book with line drawings by Pythia Ashton-Jewell, this edition of the classic is ideal both for those who know and love the poem and for those who have yet to relish its gleeful anticipation.


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Jenny Joseph won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her narrative in prose and verse, "Persephone."

General Fields

  • : 9780285634114
  • : Souvenir Press Limited
  • : Souvenir Press Limited
  • : 0.117934
  • : November 1997
  • : 114mm X 157mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 1997
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jenny Joseph
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Pythia Ashton- Jewell
  • : English
  • : 821.914
  • : 32
  • : Line drawings