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My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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I feel like the author awakened emotions in me I never knew that I had, or hadn’t felt for many many years.

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. Elizabeth Gilbert is quoted as saying of this book: “Every time a woman tells the truth like this, it sets another woman free” and I couldn’t agree more. Although I’m over that now, I am wondering if, at the age of 49, I still have time to have another 3 children. 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 feel this book contained so many of the conversations I would like to have with my mother girlfriends but yet never seem to have the time for and perhaps I lack the ability to admit some truths. This book was exquisitely tender whilst also being brutally honest about the challenges that loving small beings so fiercely, brings to your life. Sometimes the novels chosen are new, often they are from the backlist and occasionally re-issued from way back. By the end of the book I would happily have left home, and moved in with Clover, Pete and the 5 glorious children that they bring up together! At seven hours long, the audiobook was on the shorter side and I could happily have listened to another two hours at least.

However, as I started in on reading the book I was almost immediately taken in by Stroud's ability to describe everything so viscerally. Já nevím, přijde mi to prostě jako špatné pořadí - proč si dělat děti, když miluje jen šestinedělí a pak je to pro ni peklo? Reading this book is like listening to a friend who describes your own feelings, doubts and frustrations. 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). Hodně mě ovlivňuje skutečnost, že u audioknihy čekám trochu procítěný přednes, a ne monotónní, skoro až strojové čtení bez špetky emocí, zvlášť když se jedná o takhle emotivní knihu.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. 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. She pulls no punches about the complex emotional space motherhood inhabits, both the extreme love and the extreme boredom. Just as being fucked so hard it hurts can feel good, this pain becomes something I recognise as clearly as I know myself. I started reading slower as I got towards the end, as I just didn’t want to leave the company of this family.

When someone gives her new baby a stuffed toy monkey, she longs to surround him with more ancient and serious things: the Bible, The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Windows users should also consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, or switching to Firefox or Chrome.For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. This book ‘examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals the conflicting emotions this entails’. Stroud briskly shrugs people off when they question the practicality of having a fifth baby (“I want messy”), and cheerfully admits that in many ways another child is the last thing they all need.

This is not a quick, tear-through-it book, but it is remarkable at answering what being a mother feels like. This is the conversation we should all have about motherhood, it is wild and sleepless but I wouldn't have it any other way. You want to take the book in in small portions as you know it will end but you don't want it to end. This is really a very different book from the usual ‘motherhood is hard, but worth it’ theme, but Wild and Sleepless is a genre in its own right. She excels in evoking the feral, instinctive forces that motherhood unleashes, which can be so difficult to explain or describe (hence the shocked refrain of new mothers: “Nobody ever tells you!

Mother to five children, Clover Stroud has navigated family life across two decades, both losing and finding herself. Raw, honest memoir exploring the authors experience of motherhood and mothering five children including a baby and a teenager all at once. Photograph: Chris Floyd/The Guardian View image in fullscreen A painful, wonderful world … Clover Stroud and family at home. With rare exceptions such as bank holidays, the book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7. I strongly related to hearing how lonely being a mother can be whilst also feeling astronomical amounts of love for your child.

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