The Invention of Dr Cake

Andrew Motion
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ISBN 9780571216314 Format Hardback
Published 17/02/2003 Length 160 pages

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To all appearances, Dr Cake is an unexceptional man.

After a period of study and practice in London, and several years travelling in Europe, he has chosen the life of a village doctor. He publishes regularly in medical journals and lives quietly and alone with his housekeeper. His extensive bookcase demonstrates a keen interest in poetry and drama, and indeed in everything he does, he shows himself a man of the widest sympathies. Locally, he is known for his great kindness to his patients. When he dies, the local church is full to overflowing with mourners.

But why, on the brass plate so ostentatiously screwed into his coffin-lid, is there no name?

  • About Andrew Motion

    Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. In 2015 he was appointed Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University; he lives in Baltimore. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. 

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