Dust If You Must (Hardback)

Rose Milligan

A beautifully illustrated poetry gift book about making the most of the time we have

A classic poem with a timeless message, presented in a small and beautiful gift book.

Rose Milligan never intended to publicly share her poem 'Dust If You Must', but a series of events led her to publish it in The Lady magazine in 1998. Her charming message about what we value in life resonated with audiences, and it has since been read on BBC radio, posted on Instagram, printed on tea towels, read at funerals and put to music.

Now appearing as a book for the first time, beautifully illustrated throughout by illustrator Hayley Wells, Dust If You Must is a timeless reminder to focus on the things we can enjoy in the world, rather than the things we think we need to do.

Publication date: 02/03/2023

£7.99

ISBN: 9781800814868

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference, Self Help & Advice

Illustrated by: Hayley Wells

Dust If You Must (Ebook)

Rose Milligan

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A beautifully illustrated poetry gift book about making the most of the time we have

A classic poem with a timeless message, presented in a small and beautiful gift book.

Rose Milligan never intended to publicly share her poem 'Dust If You Must', but a series of events led her to publish it in The Lady magazine in 1998. Her charming message about what we value in life resonated with audiences, and it has since been read on BBC radio, posted on Instagram, printed on tea towels, read at funerals and put to music.

Now appearing as a book for the first time, beautifully illustrated throughout by illustrator Hayley Wells, Dust If You Must is a timeless reminder to focus on the things we can enjoy in the world, rather than the things we think we need to do.

Publication date: 02/03/2023

£4.99

ISBN: 9781800814875

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09T2DG5M9

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference, Self Help & Advice

Illustrated by: Hayley Wells

Reviews for Dust If You Must

'Dust if you must/But wouldn't it be better/To paint a picture, write a letter/Bake a cake or plant a seed ?/Ponder the difference between 'want' and 'need''

Excerpt from Dust If You Must by Rose Milligan 

Rose Milligan

Rose Milligan

Born in Yorkshire, Rose Milligan now lives in North Lancashire, which was handy in her younger days for opportunities for fell-walking, which she loves. Her poem 'Dust If You Must' was first published in The Lady magazine in 1998 and has since been quoted (and mis-quoted) in many and varied places. To her delight, she is now a great-great-grandmother.