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Description - Things My Mother Never Told Me by Blake Morrison

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099440727
ISBN-10: 0099440725
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Things My Mother Never Told Me by Blake Morrison

UK Kirkus Review » This is an unusual and touching companion to Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father, an unconventional and hugely successful memoir which sold over 100,000 copies. In that book Morrison's mother was a silent figure, a chameleon who consistently sought to blend in as a conventional wife and mother, but who in reality was anything but. This startling account uncovers her secrets, demonstrating how Agnes O'Shea, Irish Roman Catholic and newly qualified doctor, gradually reinvented herself to become Kim Morrison, an English country wife and GP. It charts her years working in a succession of British hospitals during the Second World War, during which time she met and fell in love with Arthur Morrison. The tale of her transformation is told through the hilarious, passionate and disarmingly honest letters of their tempestuous wartime romance, from the hospitals of Manchester to the RAF camps of Azores. As always, Morrison keeps the reader with him as he relentlessly searches for answers to questions that beset him, constantly uncovering new possibilities. He is engagingly frank, yet instinctively knows when the boundaries of privacy and respect have been reached. He manages somehow to draw his mother out of herself, bit by bit, until a quietly determined, sensitive and courageous figure emerges. Morrison skilfully dodges the trap of getting too bogged down with detail and conveys a vivid picture of family conflict and a surprising view of the struggle of wartime romance, depression, and above all, the soaring heights and plunging depths of love. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Blake Morrison

Born in Skipton, Yorkshire, Blake Morrison is the author of the bestselling memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, two novels, South of the River and The Last Weekend, and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He is also a poet, critic, journalist and librettist. He teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, and lives in south London.

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