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The Fragments of my Father by Sam Mills

The Fragments of my Father: A memoir of madness, love and being a carer

Sam Mills

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Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780008300586

In the vein of the Costa-winning Dadland, with the biographical elements of H is for Hawk and The Lonely City, The Fragments of my Father is a powerful and poignant memoir about parents and children, freedom and responsibility, madness and creativity and what it means to be a carer.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
3 Apr 2020

"alluring part memoir, part literary biography"

In this alluring part memoir, part literary biography, Mills deftly triangulates her own experience of caring for a mentally distressed father with stories of two other carers: Leonard Woolf, devoted husband to Virginia, and F Scott Fitzgerald, husband and ill-equipped carer to Zelda. While Mills doesn't shy away from the hardships and privations, she also provides a powerful and uplifting testament to the precious consolation that can come from caring for another person.


4 stars out of 5
Kate Saunders
27 Jun 2020

"a courageous memoir about the challenges of caring for a father suffering from schizophrenia"

The Fragments of My Father is a brave and original book filled with all kinds of glittering fragments — personal, literary and political. Sam Mills writes YA novels, and her creative imagination never leaves her, even at her lowest, when she feels the responsibility is killing her. It is not a how-to manual, but a powerful exploration of loving and giving.