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Grace and Mary - Melvyn Bragg

Grace and Mary - Melvyn Bragg
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Title: Grace and Mary

Author:  Melvyn Bragg

ISBN:  9781444762341

Weight:  625g

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Grace and Mary by 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

Peer & Press Reviews

The pleasures of this elegant novel are many.  Bragg’s detailed evocation of the Wigton of his youth, the people that lived there, the beauty of the Cumbrian scenery, the lively sense of the region’s long and varied history, is delightful.  It’s a novel that deserves to be read slowly, the details cherished.  The Hardy echo sounds throbbingly but Grace is not, like Hardy’s Tess, reduced to being a plaything of “the President of the Immortals”.  It’s a novel suffused with the idea and reality of the love between parent and child, beautifully realised without a trace of false sentiment.

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

The novel’s multiple narratives are skilfully teased out from John’s attempts to prolong meaningful life for his mother by stimulating her failing memory…  For each generation, Bragg suggests, a key component of the quest is coming to terms with the past – a feat that his quietly intense novel pulls off with joy, sorrow and precision.

David Grylls, Sunday Times

A novel which beautifully conveys how the past is a continuum that constantly feeds our consciousness of the present, altering its current and direction.  It is starkly truthful about the perils of ageing.  But it is also a convincing testimony to familial love, and its power to prompt the imagination in the service of a more generous understanding…  It is a gem.

Salley Vickers, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Grace and Mary
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 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
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph ITV
Jacket photograph Sarah Jarrett / Arcangel Images

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