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Mother Ship (inbunden)

Mother Ship

Inbunden Engelska, 2019-06-06
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'Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and heartfelt - Mother Ship is a beautifully crafted, warts-and-all love letter to our wonderful NHS' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt 'Our greatest gift to one another is this: each woman here has been swept out by a riptide, pulled far from the current of normal motherhood. Apart and all together in this space, our odd craft, we are drawn back into the folds of the unremarkable.' After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks prematurely, Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the 'mother ship' of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations of new parenthood obliterated. Her gripping diary of those months combines the tenderness of a love poem with the compulsive pace of a thriller. As each day brings a fresh challenge for her and her babies, Francesca makes a temporary life among a band of mothers who are vivid, fearless, and inspiring, taking care not only of their children but of one another. MOTHER SHIP is an intimate, raucous, sublime and electrifying memoir. It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women's friendships, and a loving celebration of the two small girls - and their mother - who defy the odds. 'A heart-wrenching insight into what must have been such a fragile, overwhelming and terrifying time - yet there's humour in there too. Beautiful' Giovanna Fletcher 'Mother Ship is a masterclass in style. A beautiful, lyrical memoir that navigates the unpredictable landscape of NICU and the will to survive' Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness 'Segal writes with delicate eloquence, combining passion and comic understatement so deftly that this feels the only way the book could have been written... I don't think I've turned the pages so urgently in a book about motherhood before' Lara Feigal, Guardian **A Metro and Evening Standard Book of the Year** **Chosen by Olivia Laing in the Observer's 'The Best Books of 2019 - Picked by the Year's Best Writers**
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A song of praise to the beleaguered, indomitable NHS, with writing at such a pitch that it lingered with me all year -- Olivia Laing * Observer, *Books of the Year* * An ode to the companionship of the women on the neonatal ward in the darkest, most volatile days, it is moving but never mawkish -- Phoebe Luckhirst * Evening Standard, *Books of the Year* * [Segal] captures beautifully the complexities and contradictions of the human body -- Laura Hackett * Times Literary Supplement * A deeply moving, yet also witty and heart-warming account -- Wendy Bristow * Planet Mindful, *Summer Reads of 2019* * Vivid, fearless and inspiring... This is an intimate and electrifying memoir. It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women's friendships, and a loving celebration of the two small girls - and their mother - who defy the odds * SheerLuxe, *Summer reads of 2019* * Mother Ship is a huge achievement for Segal, who has produced a memoir that promises to linger with you like a literary earworm... an extraordinary testament to the power of human survival -- Jackie Annesley * Sunday Times * Segal's moving memoir reveals not only what it takes to keep premature babies alive, but also what it means to be human and a mother * Vogue, *Summer reads of 2019* * [Segal's] words are a powerful, poetic and deeply affecting reminder of how precious are life, health and the everyday * Daily Express * Hopeful, harrowing...and darkly funny, Mother Ship has you laughing, crying and frantically turning the pages to discover how it all turns out -- Sarah Hughes * i * [Segal] is a natural, fluent writer and, in this book, the reader will feel confident in her hands even as she explores a shattering episode in family life... Segal is brilliant at conveying the tedium and the trials of life in the ICU and beyond. In short, Mother Ship is simply compelling -- Anne Garvey * Jewish Chronicle * Mother Ship is a beautiful, poetic book about a different kind of motherhood, or at least a different start to motherhood that you don't hear as much about. It educated me about the shadowy other world of birth, that of severely prem babies... It's an exceptionally well-written memoir * Pandora Sykes * I loved Francesca Segal's luminous memoir. It captures so much of what it is like to have a baby in special care and to start being a mother not-at-home. It is so good on resilience, friendship and love * Samantha Ellis * Even if I wasn't a new mother, I would have found Mother Ship absorbing and emotionally charged, but reading it in bursts while my own baby was napping, it was almost unbearably painful - and beautiful too. Almost every chapter brought tears to my eyes as we learned of the twins' hard-won developments. I'm so glad Francesca managed to capture this difficult time - her book is a beacon of hope. * Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun * I can't think of another book I have read recently that has made me laugh and cry so much. It is full of wisdom, and humour. * Sathnam Sanghera * A tender, truthful, heartbreaking meditation on motherhood. There are medical emergencies, worries and Francesca's constant guilt. But there's also love, and gratitude for the support of the NHS and her fellow mothers. Beautiful * Psychologies * A gorgeously written account of the 56 days the writer Francesca Segal spent with her critically ill twin girls in ICU after they were born ten weeks prematurely. Part thriller, part love letter to her daughters and the NHS * Metro * Beautifully written and profoundly moving... A powerful, poetic and deeply affecting reminder of precious your life and health are * Daily Mirror * Francesca's writing is vivid and moving, bruised and beautiful, in this almost painfully tender account of precarious motherhood -- Eithne Farry * Sunday Express * [Mother Ship] deals with everything from libido to breastfeeding in a way that is simultaneously heart wrenching and deeply funny * Vogue * Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and heartfelt - Mother Ship is a beauti

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Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Innocents, won the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize, and a Betty Trask Award. Her most recent novel, The Awkward Age ('smart, soulful and compelling', Nick Hornby) was published in 2017.