Childless Voices: Stories of Longing, Loss, Resistance and Choice Paperback – 7 Feb 2019
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'Gibb's account is restrained, coloured with love and gratitude... [Through] her acts of listening, fastidious exactitude and unflinching accounts of tragedy, she can make the case for empathy, imagination and respect as the most viable beginnings...powerful'--Guardian
'With this timely book, [Dr Lorna Gibb] asks why we still fail to value those who are not parents...she is at her most tender when describing her own thoughts on motherhood and the child she never had... Gibb's words suggest a love so big that it outweighs her sense of loss'--Sunday Times
'Lorna Gibb's study of childlessness is an enthralling mixture of empathy and enquiry. She starts, movingly, with her own experience, then uses it to explore other women's stories, historically, culturally and politically. She is a thoughtful, informed, and always kind witness and guide to this much under explored issue. A brave and brainy book'--Kate Clanchy
'Childless Voices is impressive and moving, endowed with a deep authenticity and written with courage and honesty'--Paul Komesaroff
'Lorna Gibb builds a profound story around absence and the shape it gives lives around the world. Her tales of childless people of all situations are by turns moving, inspiring and shocking but always beautifully and sympathetically written'--Susanna Forrest
'This powerful and moving portrait of people without children combines memoir of the author's own childlessness and her eventual acceptance of it, with a many-faceted cultural overview of an issue which affects millions of people' ----Editor's Choice, Bookseller
'In a candid amalgamation of personal experience and extensive international research, university professor Lorna Gibb collects dozens of stories about the many variations of childlessness'--Irish News
'In this powerfully honest book [...] Gibb offers international perspectives on a topic that is still far too little examined' ----Times Higher Education
About the Author
Dr Lorna Gibb is the author of biographies of Rebecca West and Lady Hester Stanhope as well as the author of the novel A Ghost's Story. She is a senior lecturer at Middlesex University.