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Helen McCarthy: Mothers

12 September 2019
Mother: An Unconventional History 
by Sarah Knott.
Viking, 336 pp., £14.99, March, 978 0 241 19860 5
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... another, pounce on every surviving description of what it is like to conceive, carry, give birth to, feed, wash, soothe and scold an infant, and something like a history of mothering comes into view. SarahKnott privileges anecdote in her account of mothering in Britain and North America over the past four centuries, partly because she wants to think about subjectivity and experience, but also because ...

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