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Mother and Child by Sunday Times best seller 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 is increasingly frail. As Jo spends more time with her mother-in-law, she suspects Dorrie wants to unburden herself of a secret that has cast a long shadow over her family.

Haunted by the death of her son, Jo catches a glimpse of a young boy in a magazine who resembles Paul. Reading the article, she learns of a tragedy in India.... But it moves her so deeply, she is inspired to embark on a trip where she will learn about unimaginable pain and suffering.

As Jo learns more, she is determined to do her own small bit to help. With the help of new friends, Jo learns that from loss and grief, there is hope and healing in her future.

©2019 Annie Murray (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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  • Vicky
  • 03-26-20

Not the usual & an insight into something I didn't know about

This is a book that steps away from Annie Murray's normal writing, dealing with a more modern issues and the issues of Bhopal after the tragic 1984 event.
Yes there is a bit of history thrown in, and without wanting to spoil it, it acts as a reminder we should talk to our elders about their memories before its to late to do so.
Even though it does step away from the 'norm' it is still a wonderful, heartfelt and thought provoking book as you'd expect from Murray.

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  • Rosie
  • 11-04-19


Different from Annie Murray usual storyline but very enjoyable. Set in the present day. Definitely worth listening too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-19

let down

usually love Annie Murray's books, but there was just no gripping story line to get into.
only finished as paid for the audio book.
unfortunately not one of her best.