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My Wild and Sleepless Nights: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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Sometimes the novels chosen are new, often they are from the backlist and occasionally re-issued from way back. 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! Raw, honest memoir exploring the authors experience of motherhood and mothering five children including a baby and a teenager all at once. 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.

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. 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.

Ale možná jsem jen zbytečně kritická, určitě jsou tam i světlé momenty (aneb třeba se k tomu vrátím, až sama někdy budu mít děti).

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. The discord between relationship with self and relationships as mother which I'm still growing into. 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? Stroud was shortlisted for the Wainwright prize for nature writing for her debut memoir, The Wild Other. 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.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. It is not a sequel exactly, but a continuation of the memoir written by Clover of her life with her husband Pete and her children, focussing on the pregnancy, birth and first year of her youngest child Lester, with her other children’s and her own life intertwined. As Stroud battles through pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding, and meetings with the school about Jimmy’s weed habit, her third and fourth children, Dash and Evangeline, wheel about in a world of spilled cornflakes and imaginary cats. as a busy mum myself I prefer to read something that overall lifts my mood and reminds me, overall, how really really lucky I am to be a mum. I’ve not enjoyed a book about motherhood more, it was beautiful and brilliant and I would recommend to all mothers.

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