Mother Country: Memoir of an Adopted Boy

Mother Country: Memoir of an Adopted Boy

by Jeremy Harding

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Mother Country: Memoir of an Adopted Boy by Jeremy Harding

When Jeremy Harding was a child, his mother, Maureen, told him he was adopted. She described his natural parents as a Scandinavian sailor and a “little Irish girl” who worked in a grocery. It was only later, as Harding set out to look for traces of his birth mother, that he began to understand who his adoptive mother really was—and the benign make-believe world she built for herself and her little boy. Evoking a magical childhood spent in transit between west London and a decrepit houseboat on the banks of the River Thames, Mother Country is both a detective quest, as Harding searches through the public records for clues about his natural mother, and a rich social history of a lost London from the 1950s. Mother Country is a powerful true story about a man looking for the mother he had never known and finding out how little he understood the one he had grown up with.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844676576
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/22/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. His books include The Uninvited: Refugees at the Rich Man’s Gate, Small Wars, Small Mercies, and Mother Country.

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