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Things Your Mother Never Told You

Olivia Lichtenstein

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A sharp, funny and touching novel about the secrets mothers and daughters keep from each other. From the award-winning author of MRS ZHIVAGO OF QUEEN'S PARK.

'I hate you. When I'm a mother, I'm never going to be like you...'

These words come back to haunt Ros, years later. As her marriage of twenty years collapses and her beloved twin sons prepare to flee the nest, Ros' world is tilting on its axis. It doesn't help that her dead mother seems to have taken up residence in her head, reminding her of things she once said.

As Ros tries to adapt to sharing custody of the family dog and life without her husband and boys in the house, she embarks on a new regime to stay sane: yoga, herbal remedies, internet dating. But as Ros is trying to find herself, the arrival of a memoir her mother wrote begins to reveal a woman she never knew, taking her on a journey into her mother's past that will change for ever her idea of who she is.

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Praise for Things Your Mother Never Told You

  • A witty, fluent writer, Lichtenstein deftly moves between mother and daughter, Cape Town and Shepherd's Bush. This of-the-moment comedy puts the world to rights in the way good popular fiction can. - Independent.

  • Lichtenstein is a fine writer...if you recognise the sentiment behind the words 'I hate you. When I'm a mother, I'm never going to be like you...' then you will adore this funny, touching tale. - The Lady.

  • A deliciously compelling read that reveals enduring truths. - Nigella Lawson.

  • A smart, fast-paced and funny tale of the secrets between mothers and daughters. - Woman and Home.

  • Lichtenstein writes with wit and sharp tenderness to create a compelling read. - Daily Mail.

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Olivia Lichtenstein

The former Editor of BBC Television's flagship documentary 'Inside Story', Olivia Lichtenstein has worked as an executive producer on a long list of programmes that span subjects as diverse as Russian humour to the Oklahoma bomber. She currently works as a freelance producer, director and journalist and lives in London.

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