Phillip Mellor was born in Leeds, England in 1982, forty years before the publication of this book. He wrote The Beach, the poem that started him on the path to becoming a poet, in an English examination in 1998 when he was just sixteen. Nine years later he published his first book of poems Still Growing (2007), and since then has published a further nine collections, culminating in 2020’s Blue In Green. His works are meditations on the human condition; deceptively deep, and layered with emotion. Life Begins At Forty 40 Selected Poems collects together 40 of his very best compositions, 26 of which are currently out of print.