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Mother: A Memoir by Nicholas Royle


A Memoir

Nicholas Royle

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Imprint: Myriad Editions
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Publication date: 1 May 2020
ISBN: 9781912408573

An extraordinary portrait of family life, mother-son relationships and bereavement.

4 stars out of 5
Hephzibah Anderson
11 May 2020

" a strikingly beautiful collage of the many moments that made a mother and son’s “hearts knock together”"

Pondering what moved him to make a subject of his mother, years after her death, novelist Nicholas Royle gestures to his own ageing, his writing about the natural world and Mother Earth and “the strange timetables of realisation and loss”. That questing candour characterises a book that probes whose wordplay almost reaches beyond language, probing the very meaning of the parent-child bond as it chronicles the dementia-driven decline of Mrs Royle, ex-nurse, avid reader and canny cruciverbalist.