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It's not misery chic lit, oh no,
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I've just gobbled down Night Waking by Sarah Moss on my kindle. What an enjoyable book - mostly domestic scenes and slights and chores turned into a beautifully plotted piece of fiction set on a remote Scottish island. Well actually, mostly in a house on an island. There were times I wanted to scream at the characters, just let the baby in the bed, but if they had it would of course have ruined the book... Also loved the back story with all it's twisting history and info about childhood, motherhood and crofting.
Don't believe anyone who thinks this is misery chic lit - the I had a baby and it hurt story - because it's much funnier and slicker than that. And a novel which features so many biscuits has to be good too. Definite one to give to anyone who's had a baby that didn't sleep nights (all mothers I guess). And all that sneaky eco information out of the mouths of the 7yo Raphael was masterly too.
Actually it could make a decent alternative to PM David Cameron's new idea to give new mums/dads parenting classes. As Night Waking shows, what mums of young children need most is more sleep and more help because childcare done well tends to be repetitive and boring. Except for the books you get to read aloud - enjoy cameos of The Tiger Who Came for Tea and The Gruffalo.