The Wild Track

£16.99

How do you find an outlet for a love that demands expression? Single, in her mid-forties and having experienced a sudden early menopause, the realisation comes to Peggy quietly, and clearly; she decides to adopt a child. But the preparation is arduous and the scrutiny is intense. There are questions about past lives, about her own childhood, heritage, capabilities, expectations and identity. This is a book about what makes a mother, and a home; how the legacies of childhood may impact on the experience of parenting; and how the pervasive nature of childhood trauma might be faced by a mother’s determination to love.

ISBN: 9780857527424 Author: Reynolds, Margaret Publisher: Doubleday Publication Date: 25th February 2021 Imprint: Doubleday Cover: Hardback Dewey: 362.734092 (edition:23) Pages: 256 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

Exquisite… a deeply insightful memoir which charts our fundamental longings for place and identity, and ultimately our yearnings for love.’ Helena Kennedy

‘Extremely moving…an unusually thoughtful take on becoming a mother, enabled by removing babyhood and biology.’ Guardian

How to find an outlet for a love that demands expression? Single, in her mid-forties and having experienced a sudden early menopause, the realisation comes to Peggy quietly, and clearly, she decides to adopt a child. But the preparation is arduous and the scrutiny intense. There are questions about past lives, about capability and expectations.

Asking big questions about identity and belonging, as well as about what makes a mother – and a home – this is a beautiful meditation on how the legacies of childhood might be overcome by a mother’s determination to love.

‘A remarkable book…wise and arresting’ Sarah Winman

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