Motherwell: The moving memoir of growing up in 60s and 70s working class Scotland

Paperback Published on: 05/01/2021
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Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January 2021 A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell - the town she both loved and hated - to go to university. It was a decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised. Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strangely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university wasn't for the likes of the Orr family. Worse still, it would mean leaving Win behind - and Win wanted Deborah with her at all times, rather like she wanted her arm with her at all times. But while she managed to escape, Deborah's severing from her family was only superficial. She continued to travel back to Motherwell, fantasizing about the day that Win might come to accept her as good enough. Though of course it was never meant to be. Motherwell is a sharp, unflinching and often humorous memoir about the long shadow that can be cast when the core relationship in your life compromises every effort you make to become an individual. It is about what we inherit - the good and the very bad - and how a deeper understanding of the place and people you have come from can bring you towards redemption.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474611466
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm

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Poignant memoir
This is an emotional memoir but one written in a crystal clear style and with objectivity rather then any hint of sentimentality. At times it is bitingly ... READ MORE
Stories Allsorts
Mothers - read this and weep
I read this when if first came out (pre-ordered). The added poignancy of Deborah Orr's passing made this a painful read but a truly brave and memorable one... READ MORE
Karen Rennie
All Not Well
Having seen this work described as 'A modern classic' and 'a masterpiece' makes one realise how devalued language has become. This book was a massive disap... READ MORE
Peter Ford