Grace and Mary

Author(s): Melvyn Bragg


John visits his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, and mourns the slow fading of her mind. Hoping to shore up her memory, he prompts her with songs, photographs and questions about the 1940s, when she was a young woman and he a child in a small Cumbrian town. But he finds that most of all it is her own mother she longs for - Grace, the mother she barely knew. John sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary's fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother. Reaching from the late 19th century to the present, this becomes a deeply moving, reflective elegy on three generations linked by a chain of love, loss, and courage.


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PRAISE FOR REMEMBER ME: 'All the craft and graft of good writing are here ... Be warned, the last few pages are unsentimental, lump-in-the-throat stuff, presaging the extended emotional hangover that is the aftermath of a terrific book.' -- John Harding, Daily Mail 'This sequence of novels is one of the best and most ambitious things written in the last 20 years, and REMEMBER ME... is utterly absorbing. Melvyn Bragg is worth a host of more fashionable writers. He never shows off, but tells us how it is.' -- Allan Massie, Scotsman 'Daring and brave ... With great skill and stunning insight, Bragg doesn't just tell a very tragic tale, he explores what it really means to love and be loved ... eclipses anything Bragg has written before' -- Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror 'One can only applaud the seriousness, the humanity, the emotional honesty of the writing. Melvyn Bragg has added another forbidable chapter to one of the most distinguished literary series of recent times.' -- David Robinson, Sunday Telegraph

Melvyn Bragg's first novel, FOR WANT OF A NAIL, was published in 1965 and since then his novels have included THE HIRED MAN, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, WITHOUT A CITY WALL, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, CREDO, THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE and THE SOLDIER'S RETURN, which was published to huge critical acclaim in 1999 and won the WHSmith Literary Award. He has also written several works of non-fiction including SPEAK FOR ENGLAND, an oral history of the twentieth century, RICH, a biography of Richard Burton, ON GIANTS' SHOULDERS, a history of science based on his BBC radio series, THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH, 12 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, IN OUR TIME and THE SOUTH BANK SHOW: FINAL CUT. He was born in 1939 and educated at Wigton's Nelson Thomlinson School and at Oxford where he read history. He is President of the National Campaign for the Arts, and in 1998 he was made a life peer. He won an Academy Fellowship at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9781444762358
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Sceptre
  • : March 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : Una
  • : Paperback
  • : Melvyn Bragg