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Mother: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 14/05/2020
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Both profoundly moving and drily funny, Royle’s account of his formidable mother struck down by dementia is a richly involving character study. Embracing post-war social history as well as intimate family dynamics, Mother illuminates the unique bond between parent and child.

Before the exquisitely painful 'loss of her marbles', Mrs Royle, a nurse by profession, is a marvellously nononsense character, an autodidact who reads widely and voraciously-from Trollope to Woolf, White to Winterson-swears at her fox-hunting neighbours, and instils in the young Nick a love of reading and wildlife that will form his character and his career.

He captures the spirit of post-war parenting as well as of his mother whose dementia and death were triggered by the tragedy of losing her other son- Royle's younger brother-to cancer in his twenties.

Touching, funny and philosophical, this beautifully written memoir is punctuated by Royle's characteristic observations of the natural world and literature, as well as reflections on the links between the maternal and memory itself. Suffused with warmth and longing, this is expert storytelling and a fascinating study of the habits we pass down as parents and imbibe as children.

Publisher: Myriad Editions
ISBN: 9781912408573
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“A moving and thoughtful memoir”

Mother: A Memoir is a book that immediately intrigued me. I love to read stories of 'ordinary' people, who often have lived the most interesting of lives.

Nicholas Royle writes of his mother primarily. It... More

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