The Book Of Upside Down Thinking

a light-hearted look at life from poet Brian Patten

Delivery from £4.50. (UK)
FREE Delivery on orders of £50 or more


'I love the book...these short poems pack a punch...and lure you back for a second look...and a new thought, and a wry smile.'
Bel Mooney

'A clever, quirky and intriguing squint at human nature'
Val Hennessy

Beautifully presented and designed, this magical collection of wise and witty rhymes is a heart-warming gift and perfect stocking-filler for Christmas.

The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, by the famed Liverpool poet Brian Patten, is a magical collection of fun and thought-provoking verse written in Morocco and inspired by traditional folk-tales and stories from the Near and Middle East. This beautifully designed collection features colourful hand-drawn tile illustrations alongside Brian’s original poems, which show the world from a different, and unexpected, perspective.

Brian is set to put smiles on faces once more in The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, published fifty years after the anniversary of the publication in 1967 of ‘The Mersey Sound’, the ground-breaking poetry collection co-written with fellow-Liverpudlians, Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri.

Brian joins us as a guest on our blog to give an insight into the inspiration behind The Book Of Upside Down Thinking. Read his blog post here. 

Made with love, from you to me.




Ethically produced from sustainable sources 96 pages of 140gsm uncoated, acid free paper. Hardback book with a textured fabric cover & foil blocking. Colour cover and internal pages. Square: 155mm x 155mm

Designed and published in the UK

Any order for items kept in stock will be dispatched within 48 hours (Monday to Friday), although we do aim to get them out on the same day where possible. The majority of UK shipments are sent by a tracked UPS delivery service.

If your delivery is being sent outside of the UK, this will be sent by a non-tracked Royal Mail service.

Any order for items that are printed especially for you, take five working days to be created, printed and bound before they are shipped using a tracked UPS delivery service (UK only) or a 1st Class Royal Mail service (delivery outside the UK).

If you are purchasing a personalised item for a specific event, please allow sufficient time for your item to be created, printed, bound and delivered to your chosen destination.

If you have ordered a stock plus an item that is printed especially for you, please note these are shipped separately so you will receive two parcels.

We aim to keep our delivery charges as low as possible. Full pricing information on ordering more than one item or for delivery outside the UK can be found in the Delivery & Returns section.