Milkshakes and Morphine: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Hardback)Genevieve Fox (author)
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This is a singular memoir: an excavation of mother love, a candid account of the agonies, and absurdities, of the cancer experience, and a doggedly optimistic paean to life.
When Genevieve Fox finds a lump in her throat, she turns up for the hospital diagnosis in a party frock and fancy hair. I can't have cancer, she thinks. I've done my hair.
But there is another reason she can't countenance cancer. Genevieve was orphaned to it at the age of nine. Genevieve's story weaves together past and present as she recalls her rackety, unconventional childhood, while also facing the spectre of being lost to her young boys.
Yet, she confronts her treatment with the same sassy survival instinct that characterised her childhood misadventures.
Through an extraordinary alchemy, Genevieve takes life's precariousness and turns it on its head.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm
"Fox writes with an unsentimentality that is savage and addictive…" - The Times
"Exceptionally involving… What is especially attractive is that she entertains without distorting. You are in no doubt that she is poleaxed by cancer but the narrative never drags. Self pity is policed." - The Observer
"Fox has achieved something remarkable: a memoir of orphanhood and cancer that is not especially melancholy. One roots for her as one does for a friend, but there is also an unexpected touch of the Mitfords in her funny keen-eyed recollections. I loved it" - Sarah Perry
"A gutsy and compelling, literary memoir by the former features editor of the Daily Telegraph of feeling the fear and ploughing onwards anyway" - Bookseller
"Generous, engaging and laugh-out-loud funny, Fox's memoir is a reminder that the willingness to share experience, good, bad, and sometimes bloody terrifying, is one of the best and most delicious parts of what makes us human" - Julie Myerson
"An unexpectedly optimistic and at times funny story of hope, warmth, and the vitality of love." - Helena Lee, Harper's Bazaar
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