My Wild and Sleepless Nights (Paperback)Clover Stroud (author)
A parent of five children aged one to seventeen, Stroud has plenty of wisdom and insight to offer women at all stages of their journey through parenting, and this beautiful, refreshingly honest account of all aspects of motherhood is required reading on a provocative topic.
'Quite simply the best book about motherhood ever. Touching, tender, honest and true' - The Sunday Times
My Wild and Sleepless Nights explores what it means to be a mother: the way that children and motherhood changes women - both strengthening and weakening a woman's sense of identity. And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself.
Unflinching, brutally honest, just as Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work was and no book has been since, but with a wholly different tone and story to tell - this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 178 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 16 mm
'The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love.' - The Sunday Times
'Brilliant motherhood memoir...Clover Stroud is one of the very best writers on the light and dark of motherhood and, if you enjoyed her debut The Wild Other, you'll love this.' - Good Housekeeping
'Clover Stroud charts the highs and lows of motherhood in all their deep, dark glory.' - Sarra Manning, RED Magazine
'Clover Stroud writes with precise intimacy and fearless honesty. She has somehow found a wholly original way to describe motherhood and, in doing so, truly conveys what it's like, in all its messy, sexy glory.' - Hadley Freeman
'Rare are the books about motherhood, rarer still; the true, the generous, tender, resonant ones. This is that book. I loved it and I love Clover's voice.' - Sophie Dahl
'I have been waiting for a book like this for a long time. Stroud captures the very essence of motherhood in all its contradictions - the brutal loveliness of what it is to mother another, and how the act of doing so breaks us open in ways both wonderful and terrible. There are few other books about motherhood as brave, honest and beautifully written as this one.' - Sarah Langford, author of In Your Defence
'As tender, blazing, funny and unflinching as the love it describes. At last someone has given a voice to the days spent hiding at the school gates, and scrambling for items of vaguely matching PE kit, and mouldy orange peel down the sofa, and the love that can reduce me to tears on an almost daily basis. I want to give this triumphant book to every mother I know. I want to say to them, Look what we did and we do; and it's all in here.' - Rachel Joyce
'Clover's writing is visceral and brilliant, and motherhood is her topic.' - India Knight
'The ecstasies, the agonies, the passion and the pain. Reading Clover Stroud is a whole body experience.' - Polly Samson
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“Lovely motherhood memories, but a bit shocking”
I loved the real tales of the ups and downs of motherhood, but did not expect it to be so sexually explicit.
“My Wild and Sleepless nights”
One of the most honest and beautiful books on Motherhood that I have read. You feel the roller coaster ride of family life, from the rawness of birth through to the mundane of family life. If you want an honest... More
This book was for my mum on mother's day. Like the author she has had 5 children - I thought she might find some parity with her own life. Instead, she found it depressing. She stated that the book focusses on... More
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