My Wild and Sleepless Nights (Paperback)
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My Wild and Sleepless Nights (Paperback)

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Published: 11/03/2021
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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
ISBN: 9781784164119
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 178 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 16 mm


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A beautifully written, brutally honest dissection of motherhood by a woman who has five children, from pregnancy to teenagers, covering both the extreme highs and lows. Stroud's writing examines what it is to be a woman with the same sensitive skill fans of her first memoir, The Wild Other, will recall. - Independent

The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love. - The Sunday Times

What does being a mother really feel like? Clover Stroud’s powerhouse of a memoir gets closer than anything else I have read to answering that question. The motherhood she describes is the very antithesis of the sanitised, smiling vision we are sold in washing powder ads... She excels in evoking the feral, instinctive forces that motherhood unleashes... This is a vision of motherhood for the (now middle-aged) MDMA generation... The reader is simply swept up in her painful, wonderful world. Buy it, read it, and enjoy it for the wild ride it is. - The Guardian

Clover Stroud's brilliantly unvarnished memoir finds the heroism and poetry in having kids ... Much of this book ..reads like a nature memoir, full of landscape both external and internal ... How brilliant for someone to write about the blankness as well as the beauty. - Nell Frizzell, Telegraph

This is quite simply the best book about motherhood I have ever read: touching, tender, honest and true. Even as she’s bracingly direct about the frustrations of motherhood, Stroud also revels in the delights. Bliss and boredom coexist side by side — and the contradictions are at the core of it all. Stroud’s book will give anyone heading out on this fearsome journey a lantern to guide the way. The book is not always pretty, and sometimes its directness is shocking, but it is full of love and honesty. - The Sunday Times

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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.

Hardback edition
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“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

Hardback edition
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“The downside”

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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