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Because of You: The beautifully uplifting Richard & Judy bestseller

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I'm not sure if this was meant to come across as humorous or maybe its satire, French is a comedian as all, but either way, it didn't work for me.

The father was a ludicrous and cruel parody of a man; the real mother’s experience simply skimmed over (and I found her a one dimensional, unrealistic, wholesome paragon of forgiveness and compassion). Dawn French said in her interview that she wanted to explore the themes of nature vs nurture and loss. The part I found most powerful was the letter Minnie wrote to her mother, where she says “I’m not from them, I’m from you.How was the sound of Bob Marley a reminder to Minnie of her Grandad when he died when she was a baby? The profound effect on Anna was so trivialised, and I wonder if this was a whack at "white privelege". The publicists have highlighted Russell Brand’s one word comment – “incredible” – to promote the book but if you look up the dictionary definition of ‘incredible’ you will see that the word actually means “impossible to believe / difficult to believe. French's writing and storytelling is utterly compelling, it is full of heart, warmth and the kind of heartbreak and sorrow that left me feeling bereft and tearful.

I probably wouldn't be so harsh criticising this novel if I weren't reading it in the context of a book prize because I think it's mostly enjoyable, but I don't think it's as impactful as the other books listed for this award. There is an absence of any complexity , ensuring that the reader is not unnecessarily taxed by thinking. A bright, brilliant and heartbreaking tale of two mothers, two babies and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful day ― Yahoo! Jak często zdarza Wam się czytać książki, które hmm delikatnie mówiąc zdają się obrażać Waszą inteligencję? The story ends by Minnie having to cope with Hope taking her own life, while recovering from a heart transplant.One is there with her supportive partner whilst the other is with her husband who is a complete jerk.

I’d like to ask her if letter writing features regularly in her real life, but I guess the opportunity to do so isn’t likely to arise! You can feel the devastation of the mother who has lost everything, balanced against the mother who has it all - the longed for child, even if their circumstances are not all they would wish them to be. A mother's true love for their child, the ultimate gift and a decision as monumental and dramatic as the one which started the whole story.

Family is obviously the key theme explored in the story, but class, wealth, politics, honesty, duplicity, morality are all simmering at or just below the surface. Where it's most successful are in the lively characterisations and scenes which are imbued with a wry sense of humour. If I was FORCED to find positives, the writing is fine and the author is also an actress, so the narration is good. This is a good job, otherwise they may ask questions such as what happened to the dead baby which is presumably still unclaimed in the hospital at this point !

The Irish mid-wife, the African American politician father who only cares about what people think of him; (the African American aspect was merely a cheap and obvious device to ensure the child was mixed race). I bought the audiobook expecting usual Dawn French humour and general loneliness, so was shocked to find myself listening to a ‘live’ depiction of a still birth in the first few chapters. Lets use my biggest issue as an example: i am not an expert at all, but i am almost positive that a woman that suffered from placental abruption and bleed very heavily during labor would have just send home hours later, or even capable of getting there. This shows that those assumptions were well-founded, and honestly, I think Dawn French would rather I didn’t hate-read her novel just because it’s on the Women’s Prize longlist! She has her finger in many pies from teaching to being a senior library consultant at Consilium Education to being executive editor at NotesVilla.Her treatment of the police is woeful and fuels prejudices that are quite unbecoming by authors of her caliber. The vocabulary of the incredibly immature Hope, and how she raises Minnie as her BFF, is really grating. I mention this by way of ameliorating my negativity, perhaps had I read the DF in isolation I would have enjoyed it more. She is determined for someone so young, and whilst you may question her behaviour and the decision she makes, there is absolutely no doubting her love for her partner, Isaac, and for her daughter. Dawn French has played this part of the story very carefully and cannily, capturing the emotion whilst developing a very clear picture of the characters at the heart of the story.

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