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Things My Mother Never Told Me
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  • Published: 15 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099440727
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

Things My Mother Never Told Me


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'The must-read book of the year, Blake Morrison writes about his mother with the mind of a poet, the eye of a detective and the heart of a loving son' Tony Parsons

In his masterpiece of family literature, AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?, Blake Morrison's mother appears as an intriguing but mostly silent figure. This is her startling and touching story - and a son's search to discover the truth about the remarkable Kerry girl who qualified as a doctor in Dublin in 1942, worked in British hospitals throughout the war, and then reinvented herself again to adapt to a quieter post-war family life. At the heart of the book there's a passionate wartime love affair, seen through the frank, funny, furious letters his parents wrote during their courtship. It evokes a surprising picture of life and love in WWII. From the obstacles the lovers faced, to their moments of hilarity and joy THINGS MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME is a revealing and poignant anatomy of family conflict, love, war, and finally marriage. Kim Morrison emerges quietly, magically from the shadows, a determined heroine for our times.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099440727
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Blake Morrison

Born in Skipton, Yorkshire, Blake Morrison is the author of bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? (winner of the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography and the Esquire Award for Non-Fiction) and Things My Mother Never Told Me ('the must read book of the year' - Tony Parsons),. He also wrote a study of the disturbing child murder, the Bulger case, As If. His acclaimed recent novels include South of the River and The Last Weekend. He is also a poet, critic, journalist and librettist. He lives in South London.

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