Once again Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland graces the number 1 position on the UK Chapbook Chart. Hard Rain is consistently the most popular of chapbooks in the UK and remains a favourite amongst readers throughout the world.
Tony Hoagland is still little known in Europe and yet he made his way into the prestigious British encyclopaedia Contemporary Poets at a very early stage. Since then he has also published Donkey Gospel and What Narcissism Means to Me, books that have won him a swathe of awards in North America. As these titles suggest, Hoagland’s characteristic tone is marked by a deep devotion to hedonism in all its manifestations, humour being one of its mainstays.
New Entry – The Wedding Vows Chapbook by Katharine Coggeshall at No.10.
Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Kent State University Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).
Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (3) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)
2 (2) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)
3 (9) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)
4 (10) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)
5 (1) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press 30 April 2016)
6 (6) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)
7 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)
8 (5) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)
9 (8) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)
10 (-) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)