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The Waterstones Podcast - Motherhood

Posted on 19th February 2020 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

Motherhood

There is something unique about the bond of motherhood but with social media adding to the pressures already present, how do we keep our expectations realistic when it comes to being a good parent? And does history have anything to teach us about our modern approach? Maggie O’Farrell talks about bridging the gap of 400 years in her fictional portrait of Anne Hathaway and the Shakespeare family in Hamnet. And Giovanna Fletcher joins us in the studio to talk about the realities of modern motherhood; the tears and the tantrums. And that’s just the parents.

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In this collection of heart-warming letters to her three young sons, Giovanna Fletcher lays bare the manifold wonders and unavoidable struggles of modern parenting. From touching and amusing anecdote to the difficult decisions around being a working mum and dealing with feelings of guilt, Letters on Motherhood is a tender and compassionate guide to living with little ones.
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One of our greatest living novelists resurrects the short life of Hamnet Shakespeare, the Bard’s only son, in a profoundly moving account of grief, family and genius in an era where life was ever precarious.

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The final work from the award winning and inspirational journalist, Motherwell interrogates the psychological inheritance that we receive from our parents and how close family ties can prevent us from achieving cherished goals.

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With its title poem scooping the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Berry’s entrancing collection comes with a formidable pedigree. Skilfully juxtaposing the stratospheric highs of being a mum with the punishing lows, The Republic of Motherhood fizzes with invention and insight and the reader will reap huge emotional rewards from a close interpretation.
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Brilliantly envisioned and chillingly credible, Holmqvist’s dystopian vision of a sinister retirement home for society’s undesirables conceals an intensely moving love story and nuanced character study. Heralding a major new literary talent, The Unit’s sculpted prose and haunting imagery lingers long in the memory.
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