The hero of this book

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Ten months after her mother’s death, the narrator of ‘The Hero of This Book’ takes a trip to London. The city was a favourite of her mother’s, and as the narrator walks from Clerkenwell to the London Eye, from Tate Modern to the Bridge Theatre, she finds herself reflecting on her mother’s life and their relationship. Thoughts of the past meld with questions of the future: back in New England, the family home is now for sale, its considerable contents already winnowed. The woman, a writer, recalls all that made her complicated mother extraordinary – her brilliant wit, her generosity, her unbelievable obstinacy, her sheer will in seizing life despite physical difficulties – and finds herself wondering how her mother had endured.

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‘A sublime gift’ MEG MASON

A taut, ground-breaking new novel about a writer’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother – and about the very nature of writing.

Ten months after her mother’s death, the narrator of The Hero of This Book walks across London on a quiet Sunday. The city was a favourite of her mother’s, and as the narrator wanders the streets, she finds herself recalling all that made her complicated mother extraordinary. Even though the woman, a writer, wants to respect her mother’s nearly pathological sense of privacy, she must decide whether making a chronicle of this remarkable life constitutes an act of love or betrayal.

* A New Yorker, Time, Washington Post, Oprah Daily and NPR Book of the Year *

‘I absolutely loved it. A moving portrayal of daughterhood?suffused with warmth and love’ MEGAN HUNTER, author of The Harpy

‘Confirms McCracken as among the finest contemporary chroniclers of everyday life? wonderful’ GUARDIAN

‘Tender, funny, heartbreaking? a writer who always delights’ RUMAAN ALAM, author of Leave the World Behind

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Weight 0.138 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.2 cm
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