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Totally enjoyable & relatable

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Reviewed: 21-08-2020

It took a little while to get to know the many characters - but there was plenty of time to do this! I grew to love each and every one of them. There were many times I laughed out loud and several more where I frowned in frustration at the very normal but not so good behaviour of the Grown-ups. Then there were the times I cried.

This story is so beautifully drawn and the conclusion is very satisfying.

Marian's reading of the book is superb. Love love loved it.

An excellent read

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Reviewed: 03-10-2019

Enjoyed this book. Loved the writing style. Learned a lot about life in The Troubles in Northern Ireland. A sad and uncertain time for so many. also so much loss. Notwithstanding the violent times, I laughed out loud several times, particularly enjoyed Ma's explanation of how she could no longer sit in the chair.

An absolute gem of a book.

Complex and compelling

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Reviewed: 19-04-2019

Loved it. Spent way too long in the car listening instead of going inside.

Well drawn characters and a twisting, turning plot that kept me interested until the very last word.

A beautiful telling of a brutal story

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Reviewed: 10-04-2019

So much joy, loss, heartache and self-doubt. It is so hard to escape the repetitious hard-wiring of a child's brain. The yearning for unconditional love from family is a recurring theme, but ultimately the redemption is gained by Tara's ability to believe in herself, speaking with her own voice.

She has made some terrifying choices to finally arrive in her own story. A brave and thoughtful telling of an immensely personal experience. I would love to be as self-aware as this impressive woman.

Loved this book.

Insightful, frank and very uplifting

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Reviewed: 26-03-2019

Clearly narrated and well written, this book has given me a tiny glimpse into the personal space between two of the most famous people on the planet. From a loving family to a high pressure career, Michelle lays out her triumphs and her (rare) mistakes, her worries and her fears.

No wonder Michelle is a person that so many try to emulate. She epitomizes the loving mother, the supportive wife and the elegant advocate. A special person and a great book.

Thrilling

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Reviewed: 02-02-2019

Having grown up on a remote dry farm with red dirt all around, I found so many memories were stirred. I loved the little details of out back life. More important, though, is the gentle weaving of brilliant characters and a compelling story. Love lost, hardships faced, worries overcome and the constant tyranny of the weather all woven together make this hard to put down. An excellent twist at the end makes for a very satisfying conclusion.

Riveting

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Reviewed: 30-01-2019

Such clever compelling writing. Well drawn characters that are endearing and terrifying in various measures throughout the book. The cycle of crime, mental illness, poverty and self destruction and redemption are all so beautifully bound together. I could not stop listening!

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A Tender and Insightful Read

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Reviewed: 22-08-2018

Narrator was terrific. Sandra Pankhurst's life is both sad and joyful. What an amazing person she is. Beautifully written.

A clear and personal story

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Reviewed: 16-03-2018

Narration excellent.
Story gripping, personal and terrifying.
There has been so much written but this is a unique reflection - well worth the read.
Two beautiful loving people with a sad shared history.

Gripping from start to finish

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Reviewed: 02-03-2018

loved this book. it held my attention from start to finish. Very clever plot and terrific twist at the end.