In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood

In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood


By (author) Sir Andrew Motion

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 21mm | 269g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571228046
  • ISBN 13: 9780571228041
  • Sales rank: 304,588

Product description

Written from a teenage child's point of view, "Motion" captures the pathos and puzzlement of childhood with great clarity of expression and freshness of memory. We encounter a strange but beguiling extended family, a profound love of the natural world, a troubled schooling, and a growing passion for books and writing. By turns funny, heartbreaking and elegiac, "In the Blood" is a deeply moving portrait of the bond between a mother and her son, and the capturing of a moment in time before the loss of childhood innocence.

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Author information

Andrew Motion was born in 1952 and read English at University College, Oxford. Following a glittering and award-winning literary career, he was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999. He is the author of nine books of poems, and won considerable acclaim for his biographies of Keats and Larkin.

Review quote

"'The most moving and exquisitely written account of childhood loss I have ever read.' Independent on Sunday"