The Life of Stuff

The Life of Stuff: A memoir about the mess we leave behind

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 17/05/2018
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The Life of Stuff
The Life of Stuff
A moving and beautifully written memoir about the authors mother, their relationship and her hoarding. Susannah Walker examines her mother's life and tries... READ MORE
Lesley at Commercial Street Dundee


Shortlisted for the James Tait Black biography prize 2019

'This extraordinary, beautiful memoir gripped me from the first page.' Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other What do our possessions say about us? Why do we project such meaning onto them?

Only after her mother's death does Susannah Walker discover how much of a hoarder she had become. Over the following months, she has to sort through a dilapidated house filled to the brim with rubbish and treasures, in search of a woman she'd never really known or understood in life. This is her last chance to piece together her mother's story and make sense of their troubled relationship. What emerges from the mess of scattered papers, discarded photographs and an extraordinary amount of stuff is the history of a sad and fractured family, haunted by dead children, divorce and alcohol.

The Life of Stuff is a deeply personal exploration of mourning and the shoring up of possessions against the losses and griefs of life, which also raises universal questions about what makes us the people we are.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857525406
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 526g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm

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