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  • My Wild and Sleepless Nights

  • A Mother's Story
  • By: Clover Stroud
  • Narrated by: Clover Stroud
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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My Wild and Sleepless Nights

By: Clover Stroud
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Summary

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Mother to five children, Clover Stroud has navigated family life across two decades, both losing and finding herself. In her touching, provocative and profoundly insightful book, she captures a sense of what motherhood really feels like - how intense, sensuous, joyful, boring, profound and dark it can be.

My Wild and Sleepless Nights examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals with unflinching honesty the many conflicting emotions that this entails: the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair.

Charting the course of one year, the first in her youngest child’s life, Clover searches for answers to questions that many of us would be too afraid to admit to - not only about motherhood, but also about female sexuality and identity. Her story will speak to all mothers and anyone about to embark on that journey.

©2020 Clover Stroud (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Clover Stroud is a remarkable woman, and an incredible writer." (Bryony Gordon)

"Clover Stroud is a force of nature." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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Absolutely beautiful.

This is the most wonderful, evocative and moving account of motherhood. I will be listening again as there is so much to absorb.

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Addictive and beautifully honest ...

Clover ... I’ve just finished your Wild & Sleepless nights on audio. I feel that saddening feeling when a good story ends. Thank you for writing with such imagination and honesty. I am a mother of 4 and so much of your story resonates with me. Thank you from the bottom of my wrecked motherly heart 💓 ... Emma x

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Honest and lovely

Really enjoyed this. She writes brilliantly, so refreshing and honest and captures the reality of motherhood warts and all :)

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Simply best book about motherhood

Well what can I say? This book is beautifully written, tender, honest about the highs and lows of motherhood. Clover is a mum of 5 children, she speaks openly about her feelings, the feeling we feel as a mum, but are too scared to speak out about. Second book from Clover, who an exceptional writer, very talented with words and is compelling honest. This book is a rare book that makes you feel normal. Thank you Clover !!

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Superb

I loved this book. The way it describes motherhood-the highs and lows-the sheer visceral nature of it was like nothing else I had read before. Clover articulated so much of what is unspoken within me and our society.

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so real.

loved this, Clover is so brave to just say what most of us are not brave enough to even think.

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Honesty

I loved this book so much. I rarely listen to a whole audio book but I listened to every word of this one. Thank you Clover.

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Beautiful and honest

A remarkable and startling book. Beautiful, articulate, poetic, romantic. It’s gorgeous and a total must read if you are a mother. So lovely to read a book that speaks about the experience with all the raw emotion that it entails.

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Honest, brave and loving

have never found such a reflection of what it is to be a mum. grateful to feel heard and seen. the smaller details of day to day life and noticing how we are when we have children...alongside the larger life events. a beautiful book.

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A brave, beautifully written and honest account of being a mother.

Clover Stroud writes beautifully on motherhood, family and the relationships within. I literally could not put this book down and finished it in two days flat. It is an honest and frank account, bravely written by a captivating writer. I am now looking forward to reading The Wild Other.

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