Motherwell: A Girlhood (Hardback)
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Motherwell: A Girlhood (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 23/01/2020

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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. 

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell - the town she both loved and hated - to go to university. It was a decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised.

Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strangely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university wasn't for the likes of the Orr family. Worse still, it would mean leaving Win behind - and Win wanted Deborah with her at all times, rather like she wanted her arm with her at all times. But while she managed to escape, Deborah's severing from her family was only superficial. She continued to travel back to Motherwell, fantasizing about the day that Win might come to accept her as good enough. Though of course it was never meant to be.

Motherwell is a sharp, unflinching and often humorous memoir about the long shadow that can be cast when the core relationship in your life compromises every effort you make to become an individual. It is about what we inherit - the good and the very bad - and how a deeper understanding of the place and people you have come from can bring you towards redemption.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474611459
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 30 mm

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“A love letter to a home town”

This was one of my most anticipated new books of 2020 so I feel very fortunate to have received an advance proof copy from Orion Books. I knew that I would be able to relate to many of the themes covered in the book,... More

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“Unflinchingly honest”

Motherwell is a fearless and thoroughly candid memoir about family relationships, the mother-daughter bond, class, and political neglect, but ultimately, the pride she has for her Scottish hometown.
Orr makes sense of... More

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“Candid biography.”

This was not only a biography but a snap shot of life in Scotland.. beautifully written account of Deborah’s relationship with her mother.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all her fans as a touching... More

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