In the Blood : A Memoir of My Childhood, Hardback

In the Blood : A Memoir of My Childhood Hardback


"In the Blood" is Andrew Motion's beautifully written memoir of growing up in post-war England - an unforgettable evocation of family life, school life and country life.

It also tells the story of how these worlds are shattered, when his mother suffers a terrible riding accident.

The tragedy shadows the book, feeding its mood of elegy as well as its celebratory vigilance.

Written from a teenage child's point of view, without the benefit of adult hindsight, 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 and elegiac, "In the Blood" is a wonderful picture of a vanishing England, a remarkable insight into a poet's mind, and a deeply moving portrait of the bond between a mother and her son.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780571228034



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