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Mother Country

Libby Purves, Libby Purves

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A funny, touching, sometimes profound story about love, memory, and the loss of illusions

Even her closest friend agreed that Shark Grayson wasn't fit to keep her baby. A heroin addict, living in a sordid London squat, she was already close to death when her American lover took charge of the situation by force, and 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 again and afflicted by a sense of lost roots and a romantic vision of England. A business trip provides the chance to go and trace his unknown relatives. He finds friendship; encounters some startlingly predatory girls; and confronts mystery in the eccentric alternative health centre run by the austere Julia. He discovers that while some British people are very hard indeed 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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Praise for Mother Country

  • Purves's great skill is her ability to marry her cultural and historical insights with her characters' personal development - all wrapped up in a well-paced detective story. . . . Engrossing. - The Times

  • For three-quarters of its course, the novel is pure late Shakespeare . . . A comedy of manners . . . drawn with skill and humour. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Amusing, wry and often thought-provoking . . . its greatest rewards are to be found in the subtle changes which occur in Alex and the people he encounters as he gets ever closer to discovering the truth. - Yorkshire Evening Post

  • A thoughtful and entertaining read. - Northern Echo

  • A complex and compelling detective story . . . surprising but satisfying - Home & Country

  • Compelling reading with an array of skilfully conceived characters - Tablet

  • Contemporary and assured . . . There is a hint of Henry James in the lonely, bright and kindly young man from America - Oxford Times

  • A beautifully written story, rich in evocative language and emotion. - Good Book Guide

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. She presents 'Midweek' on Radio 4, and is a columnist on The Times. She has written four novels for Hodder & Stoughton.

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