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Motherwell: A Girlhood

Motherwell: A Girlhood (Hardback)

By Orr, Deborah

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Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell - the town she both loved and hated - to go to university. A decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised. Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strang...ely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university wasn't for the likes of the Orr family. Worse still, it would mean leaving Win behind - and Win wanted Deborah with her at all times, rather like she wanted her arm with her at all times. But while she managed to escape, Deborah's severing from her family was only superficial. Like a moth to a flame, she continued to travel back to Motherwell, fantasizing about the day that Win might come to accept her as good enough. Though of course it was never meant to be. Three years after Win died, Deborah was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - caused by sustained exposure to what she now believes to have been the narcissistic abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother. MOTHERWELL is a sharp, unflinching and often humorous memoir about the long-shadow that can be cast when the core relationship in your life compromises every effort you make to become an individual. It is about what we inherit - the good and the very bad - and how a deeper understanding of the place and people you have come from can bring you towards redemption.
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ISBN 9781474611459
Released NZ 23 Jan 2020
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781474611459
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 23 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Orr, Deborah
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 220mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 070.92
Weight 420g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women journalists - Biography - Scotland, Journalists - Biography - Scotland, Mothers and daughters - Scotland - Motherwell, Motherwell Scotland - Social conditions - 20th century
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade