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Mother and Child

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  20 reviews

Mother and Child by Sunday Times bestseller Annie Murray is a moving story of loss, friendship and hope over two generations . . .

Jo and Ian’s marriage is hanging by a thread. One night almost two years ago, their only child, Paul, died in an accident that should never have happened. They have recently moved to a new area of Birmingham, to be near Ian’s mother Dorrie who

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Published October 17th 2019 by Pan
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Dale Harcombe
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since the death of their adopted son Paul, Jo and Ian are struggling to keep their marriage together or even to communicate on any deeper level. The accident that took the life of Paul has left Jo feeling that even the move to be closer to Ian’s mother is not going to help them get through this dark time. Much as Jo loves her mother in law Dorrie and spends time with her, Jo realises she needs to make new friends in the area. She joins a yoga group and starts to connect with the women there. ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book which dealt with loss of a child, distance between the parents, and to find a way to start living.

Jo and Ian were that couple who had lost their grown son Paul. They moved homes to come closer to Ian's mother Florrie. Jo joined a yoga group, and she soon found her strength after falling many times. A visit to the dentist showed her a picture of an Indian boy from the gas tragedy who looked exactly like her son Paul, and that got her to want to do something for the survivors of
I chose MOTHER AND CHILD for it's cover and the wonderful historical author Annie Murray. So I was surprised to find upon reading it, that this book is not the usual historical type of fiction Annie Murray normally writes. In fact, it's not really in the historical vein I even read...and therefore I couldn't really get into the story, as sad and as tragic as it was.

I also found the cover to be somewhat misleading as it portrays an historical war to post-war era...which is what I thought I was
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: annie-murray
Another fantastic Birmingham set book, As the story is being told I can picture all the places around Birmingham that are mentioned. Even down to Lodge Hill Cemetery, where I drove a 200 mile round trip to attend a funeral earlier this year.

The story tells the tale of Jo, Ian, and Ian's mother Dorrie. Jo joins a yoga group, and forms friendship and bonds with the ladies she meets and tells the tale of the loss of her adopted son Paul.

Along with the tale, the book tells the true story of the
Nicola Smith
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The cover led me to think it's set in the past but it's clear from the blurb that it's actually a modern story. I think this is a result of the author wanting to write about a specific subject, that subject being the Bhopal disaster in India, the world's worst industrial disaster and one whose effects are still being seen 35 years on.

The main story is that of Jo and Ian. They were a solid couple until the death of their grown up son,
Grace J Reviewerlady
Whilst this is - as always - an interesting tale from Annie Murray, there is so much more to this book!

Ian and Jo aren't faring well as a couple since the sudden death of their only son; they have moved home, nearer to Ian's mom whose health isn't at it's best. Having given up her job, Jo realises she is lonely - more so with the growing distance between her and her husband. When she sees a magazine picture of a young boy who strongly resembles her son and reads all about the Bhopal disaster in
booklover BEV
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts in 2014 Jo and Ian Stafani move to Moseley Birmingham to be nearer Dorrie Ian's mother. There marriage hasn't been the same after their adopted son Paul died two years ago age twenty three in a car accident. Dorrie gives Jo a brown envelope, her memoir Roses with Thorns that takes Jo back to 1929 there are things Dorrie wants her to know about Ian's father that she lost after a short but loving marriage. I found this book so absorbing learning about the night of December 1984 ...more
mois reads
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo and pat.

Reading jo and pats story and the atrocities that happened in bhopal its heartbreaking but then reading annies account of how things were and seeing the photos how those poor people suffered all because of money and greed this is a must read 5 STARS.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All proceeds from the sale of this book go towards the Bhopal Medical appeal – which provides free treatment for victims of both the Bhopal gas leak in 1984 and the toxic water left by the Union Carbide Corporation (now owned by DowDuPont). More on this later, and more information is available on the author’s website.

Jo and Ian’s marriage is hanging on by a thread. They have lost their only son, Paul to a seemingly guiltless joyrider and things are made worse by the fact that Paul had been
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was ever so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. It flows beautifully and really appeals to me as most of the women in it are over 40.

It reminds me a lot of books I’ve read by Amanda Prowse. It’s a very emotional read dealing with some very dark subject matter but its written sensitively and with a deftness and skill that had me galloping through it.

It’s the story of Jo, a middle aged woman going through a dreadful crisis. She and her husband Ian have upped sticks and
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really wanted to read and review this book because of the cause it was supporting, and also because I knew I’d enjoy the author’s writing. But I didn’t read the blurb in advance and, based only on the cover, I was rather expecting it to be one of the sagas she writes so well – I’ll admit I really hadn’t thought through how the Bhopal disaster might be referenced. Instead, I was rather delighted to find it was a contemporary story – albeit with echoes of the past – and the kind of book I ...more
Jane Hunt
A thought-provoking read, which focuses on a personal tragedy for Jo and Ian, and how they learn to live again after their devastating loss. Estranged, through their different ways of dealing with loss, they decide a physical move might help, and relocate in Birmingham close to Ian's family roots.

Ian withdraws into his work, leaving Jo alone, not wanting to continue her life. Dorrie, Ian's mum requires care and support. Gradually as their relationship deepens, from mutual need and proximity, Jo
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
They say don’t judge a book by its cover and this is certainly true for this book. While the author does delve into Dorrie’s life growing up in Birmingham the base of the story focuses on Ian and Jo in present time. They lost their son to a tragic car accident and they are not dealing with their loss together. I liked Jo and felt deeply for her and wanted her to feel better while Ian I couldn’t seem to like. Dorrie, her mother in law was a wonderful character and I wanted to sit and have tea ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have a mixed opinion about Mother and Child, and that is perhaps to do with my expectations from it.

When I first acquired the book, I was ready to bawl and cry my eyes out, since I was looking for something cathartic. While the book paints a pretty accurate picture of grief, it’s pace gave me trouble.

Without any spoilers... here goes:

Our narrator is a mother. And she’s struggling with the death (industrial accident) of her only son. Naturally, her relationship with everyone, including her
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The unthinkable has happened to Jo and Ian, they have lost their beloved only son Paul in a tragic road accident. Killed by a joyrider who shed crocodile tears, they find it hard to move on with their lives. Ian becomes a workaholic and Jo spends much of her time with her mother in law. Things do start to turn around very slowly when Jo joins a yoga class, she forces herself to go and realises that people can be very understanding and kind. After reading an article about the Bhopal tragedy in ...more
Mary Wood
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Murray, has excelled her reliable, excellent deliverence of wonderful novels with this very special book

A different genre to her usual Historical Saga, in Mother and Child we are taken to the site of a terrible dissaster that is a shameful reflection on a capitalist mentality. Bhopal, where an industrial failing on a massive scale led to the deaths of hundreds of men, women and children of this village in India, and is still today causing sickness.

This is an unforgettable story,
Kathryn Garner
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Took ages to get in to this story but was worth it. A tragic tale about grief and how we find ways to cope with it. Although it's called mother and child I'm glad there was a focus on the father as well.
Pauline Chamberlain
A good saga but seemed to be more modern than Im used to from this author
Layla Ashby
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned-books
I wanted to read this but having read some reviews by other people I know I would not read this. As someone said the cover is misleading, in regards to the story this fact is true,
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Annie Murray was a ‘childhood writer.’ Her career was helped a great deal by belonging to Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham and by winning the SHE/Granada TV Short Story Competition in 1991. She has published short stories in a number of anthologies as well as SHE magazine. Her first regional saga, Birmingham Rose appeared in 1995 and reached the Times bestseller list. She has since ...more