Mother Ship (Hardback)Francesca Segal (author)
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Segal’s memoir of the premature birth of her twin daughters is an astonishing feat of autobiographical writing; a tender, self-aware rhapsody to kindness and unity in the face of terrifying uncertainty and helplessness. Mother Ship’s account of the bonds formed by the women of the neo-natal intensive care unit interweaves the transcendent with the mundane and proves a quiet, beautiful triumph.
`Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and heartfelt - Mother Ship is a beautifully crafted, warts-and-all love letter to our wonderful NHS' Adam Kay
Our greatest gift to one another is this: each woman here has been swept out by a riptide, pulled far from the current of normal motherhood. Apart and all together in this space, our odd craft, we are drawn back into the folds of the unremarkable.
After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks prematurely, Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the 'mother ship' of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations of new parenthood obliterated.
Her gripping diary of those months combines the tenderness of a love poem with the compulsive pace of a thriller. As each day brings a fresh challenge for her and her babies, Francesca makes a temporary life among a band of mothers who are vivid, fearless, and inspiring, taking care not only of their children but of one another.
Mother Ship is an intimate, raucous, sublime and electrifying memoir. It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women's friendships, and a loving celebration of the two small girls - and their mother - who defy the odds.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 28 mm
'Transcendent, moving, but thoughful and necessary too, Mother Ship is its own miraculous achievemnt.' - The Financial Times
'…an exquisitely written paean to motherhood.' - The Observer'Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and heartfelt - Mother Ship is a beautifully crafted, warts-and-all love letter to our wonderful NHS' - Adam Kay
'I was bowled over by the beauty and terror of Mother Ship. I'm in awe of Francesca Segal's honesty and courage, never mind her sublime, subtle writing. This is a vital, necessary book, not just about motherhood but about survival, care and the sustaining power of women in adversity' - Olivia Laing
'This is a marvellous humbling book about the fear and joy of giving birth to incredibly tiny premature twins. It's so tender, so moving, so blackly comic, and so involving your own heart beats fast as you read on.' - Jacqueline Wilson
'Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and Mother Ship is a masterclass in style. A beautiful, lyrical memoir that navigates the unpredictable landscape of NICU and the will to survive.' - Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness
'[Segal] writes with delicate eloquence, combining passion and comic understatement so deftly that this feels the only way the book could have been written... I don't think I've turned the pages so urgently in a book about motherhood before' - Lara Feigal, The Guardian