Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey
Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey

Orlam reveals PJ Harvey as not only one of the most talented songwriters of the age, but a gifted poet – whose formal skill, transforming eye and ear for the lyric line has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.

Nine-year-old Ira-Abel Rawles lives on Hook Farm in the village of UNDERWHELEM. Next to the farm is Gore Woods, Ira’s sanctuary, overseen by Orlam, the all-seeing lamb’s eyeball who is Ira-Abel’s guardian and protector. Here, drawing on the rituals, children’s songs, chants and superstitions of the rural West Country of England, Ira-Abel creates the twin realm through which she can make sense of an increasingly confusing and frightening world. Orlam follows Ira and the inhabitants of UNDERWHELEM month by month through the last year of her childhood innocence. The result is a poemsequence of light and shadow – suffused with hints of violence, sexual confusion and perversion, the oppression of family, but also ecstatic moments in sunlit clearings, song and bawdy humour. The broad theme is ultimately one of love – carried by Ira’s personal Christ, the constantly bleeding soldier-ghost Wyman-Elvis, who bears ‘The Word’: Love Me Tender. Orlam is not only a remarkable coming-of-age tale, but the first full-length book written in the Dorset dialect for many decades. Orlam also reveals P J Harvey as not only one of the most talented songwriters of the age, but a gifted poet – whose formal skill, transforming eye and ear for the lyric line has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.

PJ Harvey

Orlam

Picador
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Album artwork for Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey by Orlam - PJ Harvey
Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey
Hardback+

£35.00

48 extra pages of illustrations by PJ Harvey, Endpapers printed blue and dark blue pantone, H+T bands, gold foil cover

Released 10/11/2022Catalogue Number

9781529094435

Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey
Hardback

£16.99

Released 28/04/2022Catalogue Number

9781529063110

PJ Harvey

Orlam

Picador
Album artwork for Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey by Orlam - PJ Harvey
Album artwork for Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey by Orlam - PJ Harvey
Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey
Hardback+

£35.00

48 extra pages of illustrations by PJ Harvey, Endpapers printed blue and dark blue pantone, H+T bands, gold foil cover

Released 10/11/2022Catalogue Number

9781529094435

Album artwork for Orlam by PJ Harvey
Hardback

£16.99

Released 28/04/2022Catalogue Number

9781529063110

Orlam reveals PJ Harvey as not only one of the most talented songwriters of the age, but a gifted poet – whose formal skill, transforming eye and ear for the lyric line has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.

Nine-year-old Ira-Abel Rawles lives on Hook Farm in the village of UNDERWHELEM. Next to the farm is Gore Woods, Ira’s sanctuary, overseen by Orlam, the all-seeing lamb’s eyeball who is Ira-Abel’s guardian and protector. Here, drawing on the rituals, children’s songs, chants and superstitions of the rural West Country of England, Ira-Abel creates the twin realm through which she can make sense of an increasingly confusing and frightening world. Orlam follows Ira and the inhabitants of UNDERWHELEM month by month through the last year of her childhood innocence. The result is a poemsequence of light and shadow – suffused with hints of violence, sexual confusion and perversion, the oppression of family, but also ecstatic moments in sunlit clearings, song and bawdy humour. The broad theme is ultimately one of love – carried by Ira’s personal Christ, the constantly bleeding soldier-ghost Wyman-Elvis, who bears ‘The Word’: Love Me Tender. Orlam is not only a remarkable coming-of-age tale, but the first full-length book written in the Dorset dialect for many decades. Orlam also reveals P J Harvey as not only one of the most talented songwriters of the age, but a gifted poet – whose formal skill, transforming eye and ear for the lyric line has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.