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Grace and Mary by Melvyn Bragg

Grace and Mary by Melvyn Bragg

Author:  Melvyn Bragg

ISBN:  9781444762341

Weight:  990g

Dated and signed first edition, first printing



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Our price:  £18.99

Grace and Mary – Melvyn Bragg

John visits his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, and mourns the slow fading of her mind.  Hoping to shore up her memory, he prompts her with songs, photographs and questions about the 1940s, when she was a young woman and he a child in a small Cumbrian town.

But he finds that most of all it is her own mother she longs for – Grace, the mother she barely knew.  John sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother.

Reaching from the late 19th century to the present, this becomes a deeply moving, reflective elegy on three generations linked by a chain of love, loss, and courage

It’s funny and sad and touching.  With regular echoes of Thomas Hardy, this quiet, unshowy, book proves that novels can tell truths that are deeper and truer than the mere fact of memoir.

Alex Preston, The Observer

Bibliographic Data
Title : Grace and Mary
Author :
Book Features
Edition / printing : First edition, first printing
Book features : Mid-blue boards with light metallic blue text (author, title and publisher's logo) on spine, dark-blue endpapers.
Overall condition : Fine / Very fine – some pushing to spine ends.
Signed : Yes – on the title page
Dated : Yes – 5/13
Book Stats
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint : Sceptre
Publication date :
Printed by : CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 : 9781444762341
ISBN 10 : 1444762346
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages : 249
H x W x D : 222 x 143 x 26mm
Design Credits
Author photo : ITV
Jacket photo : Sarah Jarrett / Arcangel Images

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