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Speaking of Love

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Why do we find it so very difficult to say the things that matter the most?

What happens when people find it impossible to say the words ‘I love you’?

Parents fail their children and those same children abandon their parents; lovers grow apart and, occasionally, mental disintegration prohibits communication altogether. Iris experiences pain, loneliness and fear. Her daughte
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published October 2013 (first published 2007)
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Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When you know that love exists but it isn't spoken can be very hard to bear."

Speaking of Love tells the story of Iris, a damaged woman suffering with schizophrenia; Vivie, her troubled daughter, fighting the ghosts of her past and the failures of her present; and Matthew, Vivie's childhood friend, living a life filled with regret, guilt, and shame.

This one was a bit of a slow starter for me, very probably because its not the sort of thing I usually read and so I needed something to
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as usual with me and British authors, the first 10 pages I almost drop the book, but past page 10 and Angela Young got me as a fan for life. With an amazingly good trip into the mental health institutions of the UK, the world of art and motherhood, I lived every minute of this book in my own skin....and learnt lots about part of the British culture which amazed me and made me feel proud of having adopted this country as my home (which doens't happen often)
Brilliant read. I', looking forward to Y
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh dear,it all got a bit boring if I am honest..nothing gripped me so I kept falling asleep and I couldn't really follow who was who easily.
Only ok
Maria Miaoulis
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris had a lonely childhood growing up without a mother and being emotionally neglected by her father. So when she starts hearing her mother’s voice, she doesn’t tell anyone for fear her mother will leave her again. However, that’s not the only voice she hears. The voices subside after Iris meets Kit Marchwood, but when he abandons her and their daughter, Vivie, Iris has a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric center. Vivie tries to keep Iris from the brink of madness, but when she
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written from point of view of all major characters, it has Schizophrenia as its main backdrop. Besides the inability of people to express love in so many words. There is a detailed description of the mental state of the patient, of what goes on in their minds. I dont know how authentic it is, but it is a good attempt at increasing awareness and sensitivity towards the mental ailment. The severity of side-effects and amount of blame assigned to the medications is suspect and could have been avoid ...more
We all have ghosts in our pasts and if we were all being honest have each and everyone one of us suffered a degree of mental anguish. For those that it becomes something more pervading it can be all consuming and I was so pleased to read this book and see the way in which author Angela Young has approach the subject in the context of her story. True to life with incredible sensitivity, a very absorbing read.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I would usually read, simply because of the subject matter, but I would have been foolish to have given it a miss. Beautifully written and sensitive to the subject of mental health issues I found it highly absorbing as the different narratives came together. Have already recommended to friends who I hope will read it.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very gentle novel. One flaw was that the back never mentioned schizophrenia or mental illness which is what the book focused on. Story telling also provided a major point. Its very different but thats because I don't usually read books about mental illness but I would recommend it.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speaking Of Love is a bittersweet story tenderly told . Offering wonderful insight into the troubled mind it had me deep in thought for days after reading it. My first book by Angela Young and definitely not the last.
Austen to Zafón
WHY: A book about storytelling and the ways people communicate (or fail to do so). The tag line is "a novel about what happens when people who love each other don't say so."
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful novel. I might not normally pick up something which deals with mental illness as a central theme, but I am so glad I did.
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Angela Young is a graduate of Middlesex University’s MA in Creative Writing and is the author of two novels. In 1995, BBC Books published Angela’s 30,000-word ending to Edith Wharton’s last, unfinished novel, The Buccaneers, a story of love and marriage set among the British aristocracy and the American moneyed classes in late nineteenth-century England.

Speaking of Love is Angela’s first novel. I

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