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The Lost Child [Kindle Edition]

Julie Myerson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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`Her writing is never less than compelling with its lopped lyricism, like someone who has to keep catching their breath ... The book not only has three strands, it has three audiences: Myerson, her son and anyone who has suffered anything comparable' -- Observer

A serious, writerly, self-critical account of what it means to feel that, despite love and hope and good intentions, you have failed as a parent, and that the child you bore is lost to you. -- Daily Telegraph

If the question is whether a woman has a right to tell a story that is also, actually, her own - a book reviewer can only say yes. And add that anyone who reads it will struggle not to be profoundly moved.
-- Independent

`A serious, writerly, self-critical account of what it means to feel that, despite love and hope and good intentions, you have failed as a parent, and that the child you bore (while still eerily, painfully familiar) is lost to you' -- Daily Telegraph

`It is impossible not to empathise with the Myerson's parental plight ... an aching, empty-nest memoir: a mother mourning for her uncomplicated little children, now grown, whom she could care for, write about without comeback, love - and control' -- The Times

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If the question is whether a woman has a right to tell a story that is also, actually, her own - a book reviewer can only say yes. And add that anyone who reads it will struggle not to be profoundly moved.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1944 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747591903
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747591903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747591900
  • ASIN: B006XA81V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

(Photo credit: Chloe Myerson)

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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A damp squib 15 Mar 2009
By M. Cook
Format:Hardcover
I found the book dull to be honest. The two elements seem to run along such different agendas, I really couldn't see the point that Myerson was trying to make. I picked it up mainly because of all the fuss and the insight it might afford into addictive personalities and errant offspring. Unfortunately it brings nothing new to either of these two traumatising behaviours. Perhaps I was completely on the wrong tack in my expecting it to be a sort of self help book. It didn't help me with greater insight into my own addictive personality nor would I ever throw my son out; I've thought about it, even suggested it but always come to my senses at the 11th hour.
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36 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why tough love doesn't work 19 April 2009
By Alison
Format:Hardcover
I wanted to read this book because I had been through a similar experience with one of my children. I had followed the story in the press and on TV and I wanted to know just how bad it had been for Julie Myerson that should could throw her own son out on the street and call it tough love.

I found the book totally confusing with three stories running through it and I was only really interested in reading the account of life with her teenage son. As I suspected things really had not been that bad. At least Jake was still attending school sporadically and he was not smoking skunk in their house. Ok he hit her which is bad but I got the feeling that this was a very one sided account of what actually happened that day. Having been through similar situations myself, I know that there are two sides to this story and her infuriating self centered attitude just shows why she has failed as a mother.

I was also confused as to why Julie recounted the story of her own sad childhood. Does she think it's an excuse for her own poor parenting. It's a shame that she didn't think about seeing a therapist before she had children. Hopefully it would have given her some insight and she would have realized that she was far too self absorbed to successfully raise a family. What the author has done by throwing her son out and then writing about it is to prolong the problem. "Her boy" is stuck. Had she loved him unconditionally and chosen not to write about this, I suspect that this phase in their lives would be long gone. I guess she decided that money was more important to her though. I wonder how she'll be able to live with herself in the future.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bias, self-justification and bad mothering 24 Mar 2009
By A
Format:Hardcover
When I started reading this book, I did so on the reliance on the author's reputation, without actually hearing the debate and knowing what happened.

I was very disappointed right from the start. I felt that the subjectivism had a profound detrimental effect on the literary value. This bias prevents the reader wanting to take part, as the story is obviously one-sided. Perhaps it's my fault - I couldn't deal with the fact that art imitated life and both of the two story lines were non-fictitious.

I don't believe that there is a real dilemma here. A teenager behaves as many others do. Statistically, one in five 15 years olds regularly used some form of cannabis (including skunk) in 2004. The real figure is believed to be higher. I am sure that the author provided her son with a safe middle-class environment, but I couldn't see, why she acted in such an inconsiderate way to throw him out. After all, who is to blame here? Does it matter? If you have children, you have to take them as they are, unless you don't believe in the power and purpose of family. I have no doubts that if the son would have been a heavy heroin user, he could have ruined his life without receiving the right care or support from the mother. For this, I think both can be faulted. But it would be simple to accept the mother's (parents') standing superior, as they are 'clean'. Seeing their plan to shatter in front of their own eyes, they are not. Parenting is not always a contractual relationship that in return of some safety, one should obey the rules. You can do that with most people outside the family. But family love should be more understanding, more able to use 'tough-love', when necessary.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Selective Perspective 4 July 2010
By Ginny W
Format:Paperback
I read the book knowing very little about Julie and her son's problems, just that there had been a bit of a media splash last year. Subsequent to reading I researched a bit more to find out her son's side of things and put together a more fully formed picture. There are events and things that are left out, no doubt to make for a more robust narrative from her perspective. I didn't like the idea of her doing this book before I read it, but tried to keep an open mind. I don't like the idea of it even more now I have read it, with her spin on it. The 'other' story contained within it is just tedious frankly, and gets in the way of the more contemporary storyline.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child 10 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
I was really disappointed. The book read like a fictional story. It was confusing with three stories running along side each other. The parts about her son (which is why I bought the book) where good but I kept losing my drift when it was overlapped by a separate story. The subject was too serious to play about with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking
Having read and re-read 'Home' I was shocked and upset to read about Julie's son and the path he has chosen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by susannah mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost boy
Why has anyone given Julie Myerson such a hard time? This is the most painfully honest account I have ever read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lindsey T
4.0 out of 5 stars An Uncomfortable Read but Beautifully Written
Julie Myerson's novels have a subtle air of menace about them, and often contain grisly murders, horrible things happening to children, or dreamy, damaged heroines who end up in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child book review
Excellent book, helps others in a similar situation not to feel alone, admired her honesty. Felt that someone actually understood.
Published 19 months ago by Anne Green
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best written and heart-rending books I have read
This book was written in such an honest and intriguing style that I couldn't put it down. Having had a son go through what her son went through, I relived the hell of experiencing... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child
Not sure if I like this book or not, it flits about all over the place.
However, it does bring to the fore the problems you can have with your children and makes you think... Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by Ab
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
This book is a terrible invasion on the privacy of the author's son who, shock horror, smoked cannabis. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Aftiti
1.0 out of 5 stars a record of bad parenting
the author seeks to profit and further her career by telling her side of the story. she threw her son out of her home when he was just 17 because he smoked cannabis. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by soundofsleep
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont condem if you have no experience of this drug....
I read this novel because at the time we are going through a similar crisis with our boy, also coincidentally, named Jake. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by whitewitch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Child by Julie Myerson
In the first opening pages i could have cried! I could have written the words.....this was real, this is true, it is what really happens in the home behind the closed doors when... Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Kindle Customer
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