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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
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'Clever and compelling. I loved it' JANE SHEMILT

'Moving and exciting and moral - immensely intelligent' TESSA HADLEY

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A MOTHER'S LOVE...

Ruth Furnival has built the life she always dreamed of: a stellar career in television, a lovely home, a lawyer husband and two grown-up daughters. But at 54, with an empty nest and the menopause behind her, she feels restless and dissatisfied.

After multiple rounds of failed IVF, her elder daughter Lauren is told that the only way she and her husband can have a child of their own is through surrogacy. So when Ruth discovers that, with the right dose of hormones, she could carry their baby, they agree out of desperation.

At first Ruth is buoyed by a new sense of purpose, but as her pregnancy progresses, long-buried events from the past resurface. Meanwhile Lauren can't contain her corrosive envy. Isolated and alone, Ruth starts to unravel and what began as an act of altruism turns into one of atonement - for which she's willing to risk everything.

'An absolute belter of a page-turner' HEAT

'A fantastic book club choice...well-researched and compelling' PRIMA

'An absolute "up-all-night" compulsive read' KATE HAMER

'A gripping read on an under-discussed topic for fans of Apple Tree Yard' COSMOPOLITAN

'A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the ending most of all' RACHEL JOYCE

'Already tipped as one of the most gripping reads of the year' HELLO!

'A gripping exploration of femininity and motherhood' BEST

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349013770
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Both a thoughtful read exploring mother-daughter relationships, marriage and ageing, and an absolute belter of a page-turner. One to tell all your friends about -- Caroline Robb * Heat *
Full of drama . . . An intimate, equitable debut novel . . . as much about womanhood as it is about motherhood * Guardian *
Dark and twisty -- Natasha Harding * The Sun *
A fantastic book club choice, this will spark debate and discussions aplenty. After multiple rounds of failed IVF, Lauren and her husband feel completely deflated, so when Lauren's 54-year-old mother, Ruth, offers to be a surrogate, it seems perfect. A well-researched and compelling read -- Nina Pottell * Prima *
[A] gripping exploration of femininity and motherhood -- Deirdre O'Brien * Best *
A darkly humorous, thoughtful and thought provoking novel, along with being an absolute "up all night" compulsive read. I loved it * Kate Hamer *
Unsparingly probes to the messy heart of mother/ daughter relationships. Clever and compelling. I loved it * Jane Shemilt *
A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the ending most of all * Rachel Joyce *
Moving and exciting and moral - immensely intelligent * Tessa Hadley *
A visceral and intimate study of the mechanics of womanhood, both physically and emotionally, which will leave you asking questions about yourself and how far love stretches. I especially loved the ending * Araminta Hall *
A fascinating, compulsive and quietly transgressive novel that casts a keen, exacting eye over the dynamics of a family in extremis * Jessica Moor, author of Keeper *
There is nowhere near enough writing out there about how women truly experience the conflicting marvels and challenges of living inside a female body, even less about the menopause. Transgressive and gripping, this book reminds us that we disregard women over fifty at our peril * Gabriel Weston *
A piercingly honest view of the flesh and blood of women's lives and the imperfect tangles of family relationships. These real, believable and maddeningly blind characters make us feel for them more and more as the story gathers pace towards a brilliant heart-stopping conclusion * Maggie Gee *
A gripping read. I found it hard to put down. Addresses issues of self-identity and how it is shaped by our fertility, which as a woman, mother, and author researching and writing about women's fertility and bodies, I found fascinating * Dr Pragya Agarwal *

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“WOW!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
This book completely hooked me in, I have given up many hours sleep to read this as it was simply far too good to but down.
You are truly invested in the... More

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“Superb read. I couldn't put it down”

This book was nothing short of superb and had me hooked from the very beginning. The story centres around the complex family relationships between Ruth, Adam and their daughters Alex and Lauren. What starts out as an... More

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“Surrogacy within the family - a fascinating and cautionary tale”

WOW! This title would make a brilliant reading group book.
The story starts with the sadness known by many of being unable to carry your own babies and the heartache and difficulties that IVF bring, not to mention the... More

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