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Things My MotherS Never Told Me [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Craig Inskip
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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"‘I’m six years old and having a life crisis.’ Are you my mummy?’ is the question I could never ask because I love both my mothers equally: Tyna, the tiny one and Bigga, who is bigger. I haven’t got a daddy either, and it seems rude to ask’.

This is a sharp and entertaining true story, beginning in war-torn London, of how the author navigated her way through family passions and oddities, secrets and multiple identities. On the way she encounters a Christmas pudding sent annually care of the Bank of Scotland; sitting on a Tutor’s cat during a Cambridge University interview; running the family corner shop as a school girl; discovering a cache of beautiful postcards from all over Europe; and the seaside wedding of one of her mothers.
‘One of my mothers is has yet another stroke. I’m by her side when the consultant points to a scar on her belly and asks her what it is. Silently she raises her hand and gestures towards me. A Caesarean section all those years ago. I am her daughter. We never speak of it’.
‘After Bigga and Tyna died, I begin a paper trail to find news of my father. One morning I walk across Westminster Bridge to meet a half-sister. I have been an only child for 50 years. Over lunch I discover that I am the sixth of seven siblings born to four women - and I have a famous Swiss grandfather’.

The book ends by tackling some questions I’m often asked, such as: Were your mothers lesbians? Does a child need a father? Is the past good for you? Do therapists help?’"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (25 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9TOM6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who was Uncle Ro? 14 Nov. 2013
By curlew
This autobiography is as exciting as a detective story, or a novel. It is beautifully written, and casts a light on families which are untypical - it is a valuable contribution to the literature about families which don't fit into our preconceptions of the standard family.

Yvonne was a happy little girl. She lived with her two mothers, Bigga (the large one) and Tyna (the little one). They gave her a lot of love and she felt very secure. However, one day she was given a letter at school to take home to her parents. She handed the letter over, but asked "What are parents?" At about this time she noticed that most of the other children she knew had a daddy who helped to look after them. Why didn't she have a daddy? Had her parents given her away, perhaps because they didn't like her? Then one day she found a letter which indicated that Bigga and Tyna had adopted her. Oh, so her parents were dead, they hadn't given her away, all was well.

Years went by; sometimes there were postcards from 'Uncle Ro.' Who was Uncle Ro? One day she was told that "Uncle Ro is dead." What was that about?

One evening, at an event at the school, she suddenly noticed that Bigga's face was identical to her own. So what was the truth? Who were her parents? Why had Bigga and Tyna surrounded her with a web of lies - and yet, throughout, been so kind and loving?

The rest of the autobiography tells of Yvonne's education in a Roman Catholic School, and of her switch to the Church of England. It tells of her academic career in Cambridge, of her falling in love and her marriage. But underlying it all was the desire to find out who she really was. Was it possible that she had other relatives whom she could one day meet?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age in the early sixties 2 Nov. 2013
An honest and searching account of an unusual childhood and later life. The childhood scenes are closely observed and compelling ,The adult events are more sketchy and cover a great deal of material. This is an important account of a coming of age in the 1960s from a provincial and feminist viewpoint and highly recommended .The author has great style developed with a creative writing course at Goldsmiths and a wealth of psychological insight .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading! 6 Sept. 2013
By Frances
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I think this book is an amazingly candid account of a very unusual family constellation and its effect on the child concerned. It reveals clearly how conspiracies of silence functioned in the 50s and even afterwards - but can we be sure things are better today with the much looser types of family structure now apparent? Emotional literacy is still not always adequate to help children to understand own their situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that publishers should have Accepted 17 Oct. 2013
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tThe skill and knowledge of the author was so good.It was so well writtenThe mixed emotions were so well portrayed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful voyage of discovery 10 Oct. 2013
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I found this book to be very moving and extremely well written. For example, when Yvonne was a little girl, her expressions matched that of a little girl - her expressions aged as she did in the story. She does not hold anything back - especially in recounting those memories which can cause a shudder down the spine (as I am sure we have all had at times). Yvonne's voyage of discovery was certainly carried out bravely - I think some people would have given up - tracing blood relatives is very risky - especially when dealing with potential rejection. I don't as a rule re-read books - but I have started to do so again and I am still finding it enjoyable.
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