Title: Mirror Book, The
Authors: Grimshaw, Charlotte
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 320
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: So much for the oft quoted 'lovely childhood, a house full of books'. In this cathartic memoir, Charlotte Grimshaw, the famous daughter of a famous New Zealand father (C. K. Stead), rips the bandaid off her early memories, to re-examine her place in her literary family. Fuelled by a quest for truth and understanding amidst the shifting sands of disputed memory, this is a thought-provoking expose.

With skill and courage, it reveals the public and private faces of this esteemed New Zealand family in conflict with itself.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I enjoyed the writing style. It's a deceptively easy read and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened."

"I re-read the book at a more leisurely pace and enjoyed the language and the ideas."

"The matter-of-fact tone is a huge asset to the book. The lack of histrionics makes it believable and enjoyable."

"I can't wait to talk about this book."

"It's so interesting that CK Stead's perception of his family life is so at odds with his daughter's."

"I felt really uncomfortable reading this book. It's basically a child 'telling tales' on her parents when they're both still alive."

"I found myself wishing I could talk with my book group to hear their thoughts."

"While I didn't enjoy reading this book, it has made me want to try a book by Charlotte."

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Morals/Ethics, Psychology, Relationships, 2022 Titles


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