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Summary

Award-winning writer Graham Swift returns with his profoundly moving new novel, Mothering Sunday.

It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold?

Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.

©2016 Copyright © Graham Swift 2016 (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • 12-06-16

Exceptional - sensitive and seductive.

Completely compelling from the beginning. A stunning listen which is both sensitively written and utterly transportative!

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beautifully written

A strange narrative, captures a dying era, but so drawn out. Glad it wasn't too long - enjoyed it though

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Thoroughly enjoyed it

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I loved the audiobook - it's short but beautifully formed. It strikes me as a difficult book to narrate, but I thought that Eve Webster did a great job.

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Fluffy period melodrama, not my cup of tea

Graham Swift is an eloquent writer as his descriptions are vivid however the story itself is rather flakey. It's pretty much about an old woman looking back at her life to a particular point where she had an affair with her master while she was a maid. There are far too many descriptions about bodily fluids which only a man would deem to care about. While the sentiment is there, there wasn't enough substance or point to the novel.

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Perfect Craft

A long short story which poses as many questions as it answers and perfectly illustrates the great craft of story or tale telling. A beautiful reading enhances the spell.

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descriptive, historical snapshot

Where does Mothering Sunday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

low on the list mainly due to the infuriating and repetitive voice of the narrator

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

most interesting: Getting a glimpse of life post the first world warleast: I found the detail too much sometimes, situations being repeated several times.

What didn’t you like about Eve Webster’s performance?

Her voice was so annoying it actually made me feel cross! It went up after every 4 or 5 words and this pattern was the same for the entire book, regardless of whether the sentence was happy, sad, thoughtful etc. Very hard to follow the plot with this disjointed style of reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Possibly, if it had a better narrator. the plot would stand it.

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Beautiful descriptions but possibly too much. The story is minimal but interesting.

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  • 14-03-17

Very good

Well written and amusing and subtle account which could be biographical of a number of modern authors.

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What disappointed you about Mothering Sunday?

It was all about a sexual affair on Mothering Sunday.

What could Graham Swift have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not connect sexual affairs with Mothering Sunday. You are not supposed to imagine your parents doing this sort of thing on Mothering Sunday.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger

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  • susan
  • 11-11-16

amazing Story well told.

This book took awhile for me to get into but I now have read it twice and became enthralled by her insights about writing, finding a language and what grabs you in a book. Mothering Sunday grabbed me

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 19-04-16

The Indelibles


After a lusty, au naturel launch, this welterweight novel is a poignant portrayal of the spirit of a woman who soared. Centered on the meditations of a March 1924 day of a 22-year-old maid (raised an orphan after being left on doorsteps in a basket), the tale transports the reader with her ponderings, perched upon the vivid images and emotions of the day's indelible moments.

This compact, soul-kindling book studies how a life in the day, the convergence of remembered people, places and things, can impact a young lady's humanity and altogether alter the course of her life, traveling through the light of literature.

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