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My Daughter, My Mother [Kindle Edition]

Annie Murray
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In 1984 two young mothers meet at a toddler group in Birmingham. As their friendship grows, they share with each other the difficulties and secrets in their lives: Joanne, a sweet, shy girl, is increasingly afraid of her husband. The lively, promising man she married has become hostile and violent and she is too ashamed to tell anyone. When her mother, Margaret is suddenly rushed into hospital, the bewildered family find that there are things about their mother of which they had no idea. Margaret was evacuated from Birmingham as a child and has spent years avoiding the pain of her childhood – but finds that you can’t run from the past forever. Sooky, kind and good-natured, has already been through one disastrous marriage and is back at home living with her parents. But being ‘disgraced’ is not easy. Her mother, Meena, refuses to speak to Sooky. At first her silence seems like a punishment, but Sooky gradually realizes it contains emotions which are far more complicated and that her mother may need her help. Meena has spent 20 years trying to fit in with life in Birmingham, and to deal with the conflicts within her between east and west, old ways and new. This is the story of two young women discovering the heartbreak of their mothers’ lives, and of how mothers create daughters – and learn from them.

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In 1984 two young mothers meet at a toddler group in Birmingham. As their friendship grows, they share with each other the difficulties and secrets in their lives: Joanne, a sweet, shy girl, is increasingly afraid of her husband. The lively, promising man she married has become hostile and violent and she is too ashamed to tell anyone. When her mother, Margaret is suddenly rushed into hospital, the bewildered family find that there are things about their mother of which they had no idea. Margaret was evacuated from Birmingham as a child and has spent years avoiding the pain of her childhood – but finds that you can’t run from the past forever. Sooky, kind and good-natured, has already been through one disastrous marriage and is back at home living with her parents. But being ‘disgraced’ is not easy. Her mother, Meena, refuses to speak to Sooky. At first her silence seems like a punishment, but Sooky gradually realizes it contains emotions which are far more complicated and that her mother may need her help. Meena has spent 20 years trying to fit in with life in Birmingham, and to deal with the conflicts within her between east and west, old ways and new. This is the story of two young women discovering the heartbreak of their mothers’ lives, and of how mothers create daughters – and learn from them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z9SPES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 July 2012
By Lynn
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Not my usual choice but it was on offer so I thought I'd give it a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A very interesting read showing the difference between the two cultures of the main characters. I loved how the story line went from the 1980's back to the childhoods of the older characters. I will be reading more Annie Murray in future.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter, My mother 11 April 2012
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A good story, not my usuual read but thoroughly enjoyed the different way of lives, highly recommend. Usually like books set in war time Britain but this was set in the 80's and as an 80's child I could identify with the times!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Drama 15 July 2012
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I saw this book advertised for just 20p and although its very different to the thrillers, and urban fantasy that I mostly read, as I lived in Birmingham at the time the book was set, I fancied a trip down memory lane and thought I'd give it a go.Basically it about 2 families one Asian , one white living in various parts of B'ham,its about their every day lives and also how events in the past like the war affected some of them, and had ongoing consequences.Its about how they all interact, and it was good.I did enjoy the references to places in B'ham, and it even included Dudley Rd Hospital where I used to work, and Kings Heath where I used to live.I think even if these places mean nothing to you if you enjoy family dramas and a well written story you will enjoy this,as I said not my usual style of book, but it was an enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Knots and tangles sorted by talking 21 Aug 2012
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This was a lovely book to be in the midst of reading but on reflection once finished a bit of a disappointment. The resolution, despite the long journey to get there, felt rather too easy. Everyone seemed to be able to resolve their entrenched psychological difficulties and emotional hangups as soon as they had disclosed them honestly to a sympathetic listener. One felt the book might easily have been written by a student of psychotherapy like one of the characters in the book. As a reader I certainly cared about the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them but I felt, sadly, that the ending did not live up to reality as truthfully as it depicted people's past lives and their inner thoughts and feelings. I would read another Annie Murray but hope she develops a bit more courage as a story-teller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter My Mother 2 Jun 2012
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I brought this book on Kindle deal of the day,didn't know anything about the author or the book just liked the title, really glad I did, it's a very moving story covering two generations and how each deals with it's own personal tradegies, and how we see things through different eyes now. Written in a way that makes it easy to relate to the situations the characters and plot evolve too. Well worth a read.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter, My Mother - Annie Murray 17 Mar 2012
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I have bought Annie Murray's books for years. This one is not a let-down - brilliant as ever.

Pauline Smith
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ***** INTERESTING READ ***** 4 Jun 2012
By QWERTY
Format:Kindle Edition
Found this book difficult to get into. About a third way in it all gelled and became a really good read. Worth persevering. The story is about two different families and cultures but all problems are the same whereever you belong. Good storytelling and above all believeable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, interesting read 28 Jun 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. An interesting look into different cultures, and unexpected friendships. The four main characters are all likeable, all with their own hardships. I would highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a solid story of family
The characters in the book were believable. Interest was sustained because there was a historical element from two different cultures.
Published 11 days ago by Rea200289
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale
Loved the people in this book. I couldn't put it down. But the hope shone threw.. it's realistic up to the point where everyone has a happy ever after... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love Annie Murray's books you just get so involved with the characters and you can't wait to read again the next day. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jayne Clegg
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Could not put it down
Published 21 days ago by loretta
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excellent
Published 22 days ago by andrew spencelayh
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Published 22 days ago by sharon anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I really like Annie Murray books and this is no exception. I think I am biased because I live in Birmingham and Annie Murray books are usually based there. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pauline Powell
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Published 27 days ago by maureen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 29 days ago by karen c
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic book so good I would like to read all her books was ...
fantasic book so good I would like to read all her books was so interesting learning about different cultures different was people are bought up I LOVED IT one of those books you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrs a j seals
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