Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life is an intimate and compelling portrait of Larkin by his literary executor and close friend, former poet laureate Andrew Motion.
About the Author
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His group study The Lamberts
won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew Motion's novella The Invention of Dr Cake
(2003) was described as 'amazingly clever' by the Irish Times
and praised for 'brilliant and almost hallucinatory vividness' by the Sunday Telegraph
. His memoir, In the Blood
(2006), was described as 'the most moving and exquisitely written account of childhood loss I have ever read' in the Independent on Sunday
. His most recent collection of poems is The Customs House
(2012). Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. In 2014 he received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.