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All My Mothers

Joanna Glen



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02 August 2021

Between her emotionally absent mother and her physically absent father, there is nobody to answer them. Eva is convinced that all is not as it seems. Why are there no baby pictures of her? Why do her parents avoid all questions about her early years?

When her parents' relationship crumbles, Eva begins a journey to find these answers for herself. Her desire to discover where she belongs leads Eva on a journey spanning decades and continents - and, along the way, she meets women who challenge her idea of what a mother should be, and who will change her life forever...

'One of those rarest of books: so beautiful I almost couldn't bear it, and so moving I was reading through tears' STACEY HALLS
'Uniquely witty, beautifully observed, intricately woven' MIRANDA HART
'Both exquisitely tender and powerfully compelling' SARAH HAYWOOD
'Thoughtful, warm and engaging. Unlike anything I've read before - divine' CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD
'Honest, heartfelt and hopeful' MARIANNE CRONIN
'A joy to read' ANNE YOUNGSON
'A love song to women everywhere' ERICKA WALLER

Praise for Joanna Glen's debut novel, The Other Half of Augusta Hope:

'A therapeutic dose of high-strength emotion' GUARDIAN
'It's going to be all over every book club in Britain before you can say Burundi' THE TIMES
'Entertains and moves in equal measure' DAILY MAIL
'Keep the tissues close' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'An irresistible message of redemption and belonging' RED magazine
'Heartening and hopeful' JESS KIDD, author of Things in Jars
'Mesmerizingly beautiful' SARAH HAYWOOD, author of The Cactus
'An extraordinary masterpiece' ANSTEY HARRIS, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

'A glorious journey into loving & longing, rich with colour & warmth' ANSTEY HARRIS
'Heartrending and heartwarming' CELIA ANDERSON
'The most exquisitely written story of human love in all its forms' JESSICA RYN
'A deep delight of a book that vibrates with love and longing' HELEN PARIS
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9780008410599
ISBN 10:   0008410593
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts at Cordoba University in the south of Spain. She went on to teach Spanish and English to all ages, and, latterly, was a School Principal in London. She has edited a variety of non-fiction books, is a visiting lecturer, a communications coach and an adviser and trainer for schools. Joanna's short fiction has appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She lives with her husband and children on the River Thames in Battersea, returning to Andalusia whenever it gets too grey.

Reviews for All My Mothers

Praise for The Other Half of Augusta Hope: 'A joy...the humour and pathos in their stories lends real heart and soul' OBSERVER 'A moving tale... sure to make you cry... Parfait [is] a convincingly serious, sweet, clever and funny person who ends up carrying the story... an epic hero ... It's going to be all over every book club in Britain before you can say Burundi' The Times 'I found it both a mesmerisingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her, and a poignant depiction of how our actions can touch other people's lives in ways we could never have anticipated. Augusta and Parfait are wonderful characters; I was willing them on to find the happiness and peace they both deserved' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus 'Joanna Glen weaves a uniquely heartening and hopeful story. A story about pain, the solace of words and our search to belong, to a place, to a person. Welcome to the world of the wonderful Augusta Hope' Jess Kidd, author Himself and Things in Jars 'Without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read - an extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton 'Absolutely brilliant - quirky, original, funny, moving and wonderfully written. Basically, it's everything I love in a novel; Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods 'The most gutsy, endearing and entertaining meditation on the meaning of human existence that you're ever likely to read' Deborah Orr

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