Hills of doors

Hill of Doors

Picador, 2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize.


‘A superb myth-fuelled poetry collection…it has the force and clarity of epiphany.’
Philip Womack, Telegraph  

‘I love Robin Robertson’s work for its austere beauty and the seriousness and intensity with which he realises his vision. Hill of Doors is a companion piece to his superb The Wrecking Light: it portrays human consciousness caught between animal impulse and divine aspiration, trapped in a thuggishly material world that is oblivious to higher concerns.’
Adam Newey, Guardian

‘There is an unflinching clarity in Robin Robertson’s poetry… The combination of imagistic exactitude coupled to a profoundly sensitive, always complex mindfulness of the mind’s own workings… superb.’
Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday 

‘He’s a poet who takes enormous risks, not only as a writer, but as a man and I admire him enormously for that.’
Kirsty Gunn, Scotsman

‘Lyrical and austere, with a stark, compelling beauty, these poems promise a rich new future seam… [an] unsettling masterpiece.’
Josephine Balmer, Poetry London 

‘Robertson is a superstar of Scottish poetry.’
Guardian

‘To open Robin Robertson’s fifth collection of poems is to pass over the threshold of ordinary life and find yourself, like some fairy-tale character, caught in an otherworld … He reaches a pitch of subtle descriptive power that is breathtaking…close to perfect.’
Rosemary Goring, Scottish Review of Books

‘A major poet… Robertson remains an unequalled guide among the shamanistic roots of poetry.’ Fiona Sampson, Independent