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The Birth of Love

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writers, an epic novel of childbirth - past, present, and future

The year is 1865. In Vienna, Dr. Ignasz Semmelweiss has been hounded into an asylum by his medical peers, ridiculed for his claim that doctors' unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever. In present-day London, Bridget Hughes juggles her young son, husband, and mother as she plans her home birth, unprepared for the trial she is about to endure. Somewhere in 2135, in a world where humans are birthed and raised in breeding farms, Prisoner 730004 is on trial for concealing a pregnancy.

Through three stories spanning centuries, acclaimed novelist Joanna Kavenna explores the most basic plight of women, from the slaughterhouse of primitive medicine to a futurisic vision of technological oppression. Poised at the midpoint is Bridget, whose fervent belief in the wisdom of nature is tested in one of the most gripping accounts of labor to appear in fiction.

Original, powerful, and played out against a vast canvas, The Birth of Love is at once a novel about the creation of human life, science and faith, madness and compromise, and the epic journey of motherhood.

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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birth of Love
Author(s): Joanna Kavenna
ISBN: 0-571-24518-8 / 978-0-571-24518-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Birth of Love
Author(s): Joanna Kavenna
ISBN: 0-571-24517-X / 978-0-571-24517-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Birth of Love: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Kavenna
ISBN: 0-8050-9154-8 / 978-0-8050-9154-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Birth of Love
Author(s): Joanna Kavenna
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Birth of Love: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Kavenna
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Availability: Amazon