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Grace and Mary

(2013)
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A profoundly moving story spanning three generations. Could he not put together a memory for her? Perhaps he could become her memory. To build it from fragments, or make it up. And most of all bring back Grace. Her own mother.

John visits his ageing mother, Mary, in her nursing home by the sea, and mourns the slow fading of her mind. Hoping to shore up her receding memory, he prompts her with songs, photographs, and questions from their shared past, taking her back to the 1940s, when she was a young woman and he a child in a small Cumbrian town. But as he rekindles her memories, it is her own mother she longs for - and John finds himself delving further back, into the secrets and silences of Mary's fractured childhood, and the unsung sorrows of her thwarted yet spirited mother, Grace.

In an effort to console his mother before she slips away, John sets out to re-imagine Grace's life, to honour the memory of a grandmother he barely knew.

Reaching from the late 19th century to the present, John's loving recreation of forgotten family history and unspoken maternal grief becomes a moving elegy for the long, hidden chain of love, loss, and self-sacrifice that forms each and every generation.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-4448-1873-2 / 978-1-4448-1873-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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May 2013 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-4447-6234-6 / 978-1-4447-6234-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Paperback Editions

March 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-4447-6237-0 / 978-1-4447-6237-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-4447-6235-4 / 978-1-4447-6235-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon CA   

May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Grace and Mary
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   


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