Coming Home by Andrew Motion (signed, limited edition of 75 copies, with engravings by Jane Lydbury)


Author: Andrew Motion

Coming Home by Andrew Motion – Limited Edition signed copy with engravings by Jane Lydbury.

Coming Home is a beautiful, collectible book, printed and bound by skilled craftsmen. It is the first publication of Andrew Motion's Ted Hughes Award winning poems written after interviews with personnel returning after service in Afghanistan. There are eight poems in the collection. Each poem is illustrated with a specifically commissioned wood engraving by Jane Lydbury. This book is produced by Fine Press Poetry – a passion project of Andrew Moorhouse.

The edition, designed and printed by John Grice of the Evergreen Press, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, was printed from Centaur 16 point type on Zerkall paper. It was bound at the Fine Book Bindery, Wellingborough, England. 

This edition is limited to 75 copies individually numbered and signed by both Andrew and Jane.

Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion won the 2015 Ted Hughes award for these deeply moving poems, which were originally written for a BBC radio performance. The work was based on recordings of conversations Motion made when he met soldiers returning from Afghanistan and their families. The poems address the effects of war, using threads of the conversations. Motion has said of the poems:

‘When I … began reading through the transcripts of these talks, my first instinct was to look for a linguistic richness that conveyed these ideas. Then I realised I was looking for the wrong thing. The expressions that most interested me were in-between the sentences I had heard spoken. They were implications, not bold utterances. The pity was in the pauses, the silences, the suppressions; the poetry, if there was to be any, had to catch these things, and not hunt for eloquence.’ (Andrew Motion: Coming Home, BBC Radio 4 blog, 5/11/2014)


Dimensions 26.5 x 17cm