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This is the conversation we should all have about motherhood, it is wild and sleepless but I wouldn't have it any other way. After all, where’s the fun in providing boring old steadfast support when you could be out there getting buzzed on oxytocin? The title to be read and discussed is sign-posted and on sale for the whole of the previous month (with a discount for those who make it known they intend to come) and everybody is welcome, whether first-timer, part-timer or regular-timer. I am nosy about how other women 'do' motherhood, but mainly I feel a need to share, to be seen, to speak uninhibited about the extraordinary experiences, challenges, changes being a mother brings. So I was somewhat nervous of reading the intensity of motherhood in this memoir: would I be further swayed one way or the other?

These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.She takes us through her life from when she found out she was pregnant with her fifth child, her pregnancy and the beginning of his life. It’s as if Stroud has reached into my head, lived my life for the last seven years and put it all down on paper into the most tender yet brutal memoir. Photograph: Chris Floyd/The Guardian View image in fullscreen A painful, wonderful world … Clover Stroud and family at home.

Reading this is like repeatedly gulping down the bright orange smoothies her children love: sharp, refreshing, sloshing, delicious, and entirely without pause. This is an engrossing read about women’s bodies and birth, the mothering of babies and teenagers, that will make mothers feel seen and allow anyone with a mother to empathise in myriad ways with what women give of themselves to their children, even when they don’t always get it ‘right’. The teachers have an authority and control over their class, but at the weekends, they want to relax and eat Chinese takeaway in their leisurewear. However, now I feel like I need to read a book that tells me just how wonderful motherhood is or when it isn't how to regain a sense of self !Unflinching, brutally honest, just as Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work was and no book has been since, but with a wholly different tone and story to tell - this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before. As a mum of six I’m deeply grateful to read Clover’s book, putting into words the vast roller coaster of emotions that mothering can bring. We hear about Stroud's own complex relationship with motherhood, the challenges facing her other children, her relationship with her partner, her sex life, how she is trying to balance work and family plus so many more things.

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