My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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I was in tears from the first chapter, so many pages succinctly described my exact feelings in various moments - the fury of waiting after due date and batting off those "any sign? It’s as if Stroud has reached into my head, lived my life for the last seven years and put it all down on paper into the most tender yet brutal memoir. I always appreciate honesty in a person and it made me love my time listening to Stroud reading her book to me (as I had the audiobook). Notice to Internet Explorer users Server security: Please note Internet Explorer users with versions 9 and 10 now need to enable TLS 1.

With raw honesty and very very very very good writing (as her eldest son Jimmy acknowledges) Stroud describes the extremes of motherhood in visceral detail. I really liked the writing style but think it was spoilt a bit by the unnecessary sexual references. I love how she isn't afraid to lay it all bare and admit she's making it up as she goes along, like so many of do. Clover Stroud brought back so many memories, the good ones, and the bad ones, the happiness and joy as well as the fear and guilt you feel as a mother. Sometimes I think that a lot of parenthood is like that morning, trying to create an impression that you know what you are doing and are in control.The motherhood she describes is the very antithesis of the sanitised, smiling vision we are sold in washing powder ads. Some of it I don't really recognise in my own like, but other bits feel like she's got inside my head and can read my darkest thoughts.

As the mother of 2 teens I was transported back to the wonderful time when both were tiny, whilst also being accompanied through the imperfect attempts at parenting my teens.We get a remarkable 360-degree view of many different stages of mothering, all happening at once: she lives through the passionate intensity of her first attachment with Lester, just as her eldest son, 16-year-old Jimmy, is in the process of separation, his adolescence “compelling us further and further apart, once magnets, now repelled”. The title to be read and discussed is sign-posted and on sale for the whole of the previous month (with a discount for those who make it known they intend to come) and everybody is welcome, whether first-timer, part-timer or regular-timer. And while she is acutely alive to its joys – sexual, exhausting, earthy joys – these are always intertwined with darkness and difficulty. We hear about Stroud's own complex relationship with motherhood, the challenges facing her other children, her relationship with her partner, her sex life, how she is trying to balance work and family plus so many more things.

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.A bit of a timely read for me and it has renewed my sense of worth as not only a mother, but as a woman. I read it because my friend recommended it to me and I’m glad she did because I did identify with various aspects of the main character. Just as being fucked so hard it hurts can feel good, this pain becomes something I recognise as clearly as I know myself. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.



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