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The Waterstones Podcast - Family

Posted on 26th July 2019 by Mark Skinner
Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

Family

For our final episode in season one we tackle our nearest (if not dearest). Jeanette Winterson talks about how being adopted has shaped her concept of family and why the future may not look great for its traditional form. A. M. Homes, another adopted child, talks about the differences of writing about family in fiction and memoir. And to finish off we hear from Emilie Pine about her honest and frank personal essay collection and how she managed to share the intimate details of her family life.

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A.M. Homes’ account of her adoptive childhood and subsequent reconnection with her birth parents is every bit as searing and incisive as her fiction. Tackling themes of heredity, identity and frustrated expectation, The Mistress’s Daughter reflects on the true nature of family and the value of parental love.
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A razor-sharp critique of American family life from one of the country’s foremost comic writers, May We Be Forgiven scooped the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and deservedly so. A glorious satirical opus of one man’s struggle through the vicissitudes of life, it is arguable Homes’ finest book to date.
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Emily Pine's Notes to Self, brings together six essays reflecting on vital aspects of life as woman today, drawn from her own experiences. Pine pursues writing, thinking and feeling beyond and in spite of being afraid. By turns defiant, poignant, probing and urgent, it is a rare pleasure to find writing so raw, honest and heart-puncturingly good. Unmissable.
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A triumph of prose style and deft characterisation, the first book in the Patrick Melrose sequence is a scintillating deconstruction of family and gilded innocence that sets the standard that the following novels met with such elegance.
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Both a fascinating snapshot of survivalist, rural America and an uplifting tribute to the power of learning, Westover’s memoir charts her journey from a bleak Idaho childhood to a Cambridge-educated academic.
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