I Couldn’t Love You More by Esther Freud audiobook review – a tender story of three generations

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Esther Freud’s ninth caller begins successful 1991 with Kate and her young girl Freya arriving by taxi astatine a convent successful agrarian Ireland. As they rotation astir successful the grounds speechmaking the inscriptions connected gravestones, a nun emerges from the location and demands to cognize what they are doing there. “My mother, she was here,” says Kate, who was adopted soon aft she was born. But the nun claims she is confused and ushers her disconnected the property.

The histrion Niamh Cusack delivers a astute and tender speechmaking of this multigenerational tale, partially inspired by the author’s ain family, successful which 3 women’s lives are shaped by a secret. At the centre is Rosaleen, who moves distant from her location successful Ireland and begins an matter with an older, joined sculptor. When she becomes large and finds herself alone, she seeks assistance from a clergyman who gives her the details of a mother-and-baby location successful Cork. There she finds a sadistic strategy wherever large women are acceptable to enactment cutting the tract with scissors and fixed small to eat. Ten days aft Rosaleen gives birth, her girl is taken away.

The 3rd dependable belongs to Aoife, Rosaleen’s mother, who looks backmost connected her agelong matrimony astatine the bedside of her dying husband, Cashel, and mourns the girl who chopped each ties with them. In this almighty and often heartbreaking story, men look astir arsenic bystanders successful their ain lives arsenic women are near to woody with reality, making hard choices that tin beryllium felt for generations to come.

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Anthony Horowitz, Penguin Audio, 8hr 31min.
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This Is Not a Pity Memoir
Abi Morgan. John Murray, 7hr 44min.
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