A A Voyage Around My Mother: Surviving Shelling, Shipwrecks and Family Storms

A A Voyage Around My Mother: Surviving Shelling, Shipwrecks and Family Storms

by Eleanor Stewart

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Overview

Eleanor Stewart had always had a difficult relationship with her mother, but when her mother's persistent ill-health, caused by Parkinson's Disease, meant she needed a new home, Eleanor offered her one. 'It will only be for six months' she assured her husband - but it wasn't. It was for ten years. And, initially, those years were hard. Her mother, Mary, had very little interest in Eleanor's life, or even in her two grandchildren. So if a bridge was to be built between the two women, Eleanor would have to build it - and find the necessary solid ground to do so. She found it by exploring her mother's past with her. Mary had had a fascinating life, which included being shelled during the Second World War, shipwrecked and a passionate affair while sailing to India. As Mary Stewart reveals more and more of her past, Eleanor discovers a woman she has never really known, and the two forge a strong relationship that was not possible before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745968834
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

After eight years in a French order of nuns, Eleanor trained as a nurse and midwife in Liverpool, before leaving to marry. She studied French before lecturing in the subject at the University of Portsmouth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Author's Note 10

Prologue 11

1 Portsmouth: Mother's Arrival (1993) 13

2 Govan (1920s) Via Buffalo (1930) to Dunoon (1932) 18

3 Dunoon: Love and Sadness (1938) 24

4 The Company, May & Baker (1937) 30

5 M&B and "The Wonder Drug" (1938) 37

6 Gathering Clouds and War (1938-39) 44

7 Marriage, August 1940 49

8 The Departure, February 1941 57

9 The Ship, 15 March 1941 62

10 Ship Life, March 1941 67

11 Ship Life Continues, 23 March 74

12 Attack, 25 March 77

13 The Boat, Day 1, 25 March 85

14 The Boat, Day 2, 26 March 92

15 The Boat, Day 3, 27 March 97

16 Rescue, Day 4, 28 March 101

17 SS Raranga, 29 March 109

18 Montevideo, 10 April 1941 115

19 Buenos Aires: The Mysterious Monsieur Gué, 15 April 125

20 Flight: A Cheerful New Zealander with a Novel Way or Paying Her Air Fare, 24 April 131

21 Los Angeles: Unpleasantness with Immigration, 3 May 1941 136

22 A Chance Encounter with the "Great Dictator" and the "Dook", 5 May 141

23 The Angelus Temple: An Odd Experience, 6 May 145

24 San Francisco: Bagels and "Twittering", 8 May 149

25 Another Ship, Another Ocean, 9 May 154

26 King Neptune's Court and Tragic News, 17 May 163

27 Arrival in Kobe: American Unease and the Sinking, of the Bismarck, 25-27 May 167

28 Stolen Chopsticks and Love Games, 28 May 172

29 Hong Kong: "Land of the Fragrant Streams", 1 June 1941 183

30 Jai Alai and a Medical Emergency, 4 June 190

31 Raffles and a Not-So-Sweet Parting, 11 June 199

32 Temples and Snakes, 16 June 208

33 Colombo: The End in Sight, 19 June 216

34 Bombay: Stopover, 24 June 224

35 Calcutta: Safely Arrived, 27 June 230

Epilogue 236

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