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All My Mothers: The heart-breaking new novel from the author of the Costa-shortlisted debut, THE OTHER HALF OF AUGUSTA HOPE

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All My Mothers: The heart-breaking new novel from the author All My Mothers: The heart-breaking new novel from the author

A moving tale... sure to make you cry... Parfait [is] a convincingly serious, sweet, clever and funny person who ends up carrying the story... an epic hero ... It's going to be all over every book club in Britain before you can say Burundi' The TimesThe title refers to the unusual fact that when Maya Lee’s mother was at Auschwitz (a camp leader in charge of more than 30,000 women inmates) the camp commandant called her by her name, Magda, not her number. The narrative arc in All My Mothers is skillfully crafted, taking readers on an emotional journey with its characters. One of those rarest of books: so beautiful I almost couldn't bear it, and so moving I was reading through tears' STACEY HALLS

All My Mothers by Joanna Glen (9780008410629/Paperback All My Mothers by Joanna Glen (9780008410629/Paperback

All My Mothers is a book about a young girl named Esther and her journey to discover her cultural identity. Esther's mother, who had been born in Germany, died when she was young, leaving her with only fragments of her German heritage. Esther embarks on a search for her mother's past, which leads her to uncover the stories of Jewish survivors from World War II and their struggles to rebuild their lives after the war. Along the way, Esther learns to appreciate and embrace her own identity as both German and Jewish. I found it both a mesmerisingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her, and a poignant depiction of how our actions can touch other people's lives in ways we could never have anticipated. Augusta and Parfait are wonderful characters; I was willing them on to find the happiness and peace they both deserved' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus Stone by stone, seed by seed, All My Wild Mothers is the story of how sometimes life grows, not in spite of what is broken, but because of it.London, 1980s. Though she has a comfortable, privileged life, Eva Martínez-Green is deeply unhappy. The only child of an emotionally absent mother and a physically absent father, Eva has grown up in a cold, unloving house. But Eva is convinced that all is not as it seems. Why are there no baby pictures of her? Why do her parents avoid all questions about her early years? The narrative structure of All My Mothers provides an interesting exploration into the past and present lives of its protagonists. Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts at Cordoba University in the south of Spain. She went on to teach Spanish and English to all ages, and, latterly, was a school principal in London. Joanna's short fiction has appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She lives with her husband and children on the River Thames in Battersea, returning to Andalusia whenever it gets too grey.

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There are some books that you read, knowing that they will stay with you for a long time. Victoria Bennett’s memoir is one of those books ... All My Wild Mothers is one of the most achingly precious books that I have encountered in recent times’ On MagazineAt seven months pregnant, Victoria Bennett was looking forward to new motherhood and all that was to come. But when the telephone rang, the news she received changed everything. Her eldest sister had died in a canoeing accident.

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