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At seven hours long, the audiobook was on the shorter side and I could happily have listened to another two hours at least. There were many things I loved about this fascinating book, which from the blurb I’d thought was about a mum of a newborn and a teenager - I didn’t realise she had three children in between too, and I admire anyone who can manage 5 kids! The book is not always pretty, and sometimes its directness is shocking, but it is full of love and honesty. Já nevím, přijde mi to prostě jako špatné pořadí - proč si dělat děti, když miluje jen šestinedělí a pak je to pro ni peklo? I'd never heard of Clover Stroud and assumed this book would be like so many other parenting books that describe the funny and/or difficult bits of parenthood.

The discord between relationship with self and relationships as mother which I'm still growing into. But to keep ourselves on our toes, we have a rule that author gender is alternated, girl-boy-girl-boy, and the continents always rotated (with occasional glitches).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. She has a live in nanny and was able to just go off in a weekend away with her husband to rejuvenate her marriage. 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”. Co těm dětem chce předat, když jediné, co v životě dělala, bylo bytí matkou (a ještě asi ne úplně dobrou). Reading this book felt like having the most honest and emotional discussion with one of my best friends.

I really liked the writing style but think it was spoilt a bit by the unnecessary sexual references. 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. Reading this book is like listening to a friend who describes your own feelings, doubts and frustrations. Labour is “Medusa ripping out” and early days of breastfeeding are “nipples bleeding, like being stabbed with hot pokers” (I’m paraphrasing but you get my point).

Sometimes the novels chosen are new, often they are from the backlist and occasionally re-issued from way back.

However, now I feel like I need to read a book that tells me just how wonderful motherhood is or when it isn't how to regain a sense of self ! Even as she’s bracingly direct about the frustrations of motherhood, Stroud also revels in the delights. The only reason why I did not finish this in one sitting was due to the fact that I was being the very mother that seeps from the pages of this book. Windows users should also consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, or switching to Firefox or Chrome.It is a highly personal and brave book, a look right inside their life and what it is really like to be a mother of a big family. 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. It’s not about duty, or even about juggling the demands of kids and work; mothering for Stroud has more to do with hedonism and adventure, about escape, and exploring the outer limits of human experience. So much spoke to my heart, it made me laugh out loud nod and agree out loud and possibly cry a little, quietly and with a mixture of joy and sadness.

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