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Silver River
By Daisy Goodwin

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Silver River by Daisy Goodwin

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'Other children had imaginary friends; I had a fictional mother, a siren from the southern hemisphere.' Daisy Goodwin's mother left home when Daisy was five and embarked upon a bohemian life in Swanage. Daisy was brought up by her respectable father and her meticulous German stepmother and adored her glamorous mother from afar. She made sense of her mother's difference and of her absence through her imaginings about the family's unstable South American history. It was only when Daisy underwent a deep depression following the birth of her own daughter, that she felt the weight of her mother's abandonment and the burden of her family's past take root in her own life. Daisy's family, on her mother's side, is as eccentric and wayward as any family could be. Her Irish forebears - a Catholic and a Protestant - were driven from their southern Irish home and emigrated to Argentina. Their history there is one of vast wealth rapidly acquired and just as rapidly lost, of gambling, of horses, of suicides and breakdowns, of isolation in the bleak expanses of the Pampas and of the heights of high society. In this extraordinary memoir, the contrasts between Argentina and England serve as a metaphor for the clashes in the author's life, caught between two parents, two countries and two cultures. Intensely personal, funny and unsentimental, 'Silver River' explores universal questions about families, identity and growing up in a way that has never been done before.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006551539
ISBN-10: 000655153X
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: HarperPerennial
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin was born in 1962 and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and Columbia University. She is a television producer whose work includes Bookworm, The Nation's Favourite Poems and Homefront and is currently head of features at Talkback Productions. She has written articles for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Poetry Review, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

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