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Things My MotherS Never Told Me by [Inskip, Yvonne Craig]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2445 KB
  • Print Length: 393 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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This is an enthralling story. The child's voice at the beginning rings so true, and so do the adult experiences that follow. I had read the author's article about having 2 mothers in the Guardian several years ago, and the sample chapter that I downloaded onto my Kindle left me hungry for more.
I wasn't sure that the chapter by the author's son actullay added anything, though of course this is his family's story too. I did appreciate the thoughtful answers she gives at the end to the questions that people ask about her story
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