Mother Country

Mother Country

by LibbyPurves (Author)


Moira Grayson is a heroin addict, living in a sordid London squat in the hippie 1970s, unfit to look after her baby. She was close to death when her American lover carried off the baby Alexander to give him a loving home in the Mid-West and an affluent future. But now Alex is twenty-seven, orphaned and afflicted by a sense of lost roots and a romantic vision of what he sees as the magical and sacred, heroic and democratic, happy and glorious realms of England. A business trip provides the chance to go and trace his unknown relatives. He finds friendship, mystery and comfort from a quite unexpected direction. He discovers that while some British people are seriously hard to get along with, some turn out to be, after all, more closely akin to him than he could ever have imagined.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Edition: 3rd Edition
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Published: 01 Aug 2002

ISBN 10: 0340793902
ISBN 13: 9780340793909

Media Reviews
Praise for A FREE WOMAN: 'Most gripping... erupts with extraordinary and unexpected force.' - David Shukman, Daily Mail 'Clever, humane, elegant and wise. Like the Dutch masters, who saw beauty in a woman sewing, or cracking eggs, and whose calm elegance her prose recalls, she sees the fragility and strangeness that are present in even the most commonplace of lives, if only one knows how to look.' - The Times 'Emotional fireworks... Will keep you guessing right up until the end.' - B Magazine 'Families are funny things - in real life, as in the novels of Libby Purves... Still, all's well that ends well - as things usually do in the novels of the perceptive Ms Purves.' - Evening Mail
Author Bio
Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada What the Papers Say Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. Her books on family life, How Not to Be a Perfect Mother, How Not to Raise a Perfect Child and How Not to Be a Perfect Family have been widely translated. Her compendium Nature's Masterpiece appeared in 1999 to complete the work. She also wrote One Summer's Grace, an account of a voyage around Britain in a small sailing boat with her husband and two small children in 1988. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney, and their two teenage children.