The Customs House
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009. His most most recent collection of poems, The Cinder Path (2009), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. The author of several biographies, his authorised life of Philip Larkin (1993) won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. He has published a novella, The Invention of Dr Cake (2003) and a memoir, In the Blood (2006). The Customs House is his eleventh book of poems.