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The Resource In my mother's hands : a disturbing memoir of family life, Biff Ward

In my mother's hands : a disturbing memoir of family life, Biff Ward

Label
In my mother's hands : a disturbing memoir of family life
Title
In my mother's hands
Title remainder
a disturbing memoir of family life
Statement of responsibility
Biff Ward
Title variation
In my mothers hands
Title variation remainder
a disturbing memoir of family life
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There are secrets in this family. Before Biff and her younger brother, Mark, there was baby Alison, who drowned in her bath because, it was said, her mother was distracted. Biff too, lives in fear of her mother's irrational behaviour and paranoia, and she is always on guard and fears for the safety of her brother. As Biff grows into teenagehood, there develops a conspiratorial relationship between her and her father, who is a famous and gregarious man, trying to keep his wife's problems a family secret. This was a time when the insane were committed and locked up in Dickensian institutions; whatever his problems her father was desperate to save his wife from that fate. But also to protect his children from the effects of living with a tragically disturbed mother. In My Mother's Hands is a beautifully written and emotionally perplexing coming-of-age true story about growing up in an unusual family
Summary
There are secrets in this family. Before Biff and her younger brother, Mark, there was baby Alison, who drowned in her bath because, it was said, her mother was distracted. Biff too, lives in fear of her mother's irrational behaviour and paranoia, and she is always on guard and fears for the safety of her brother. As Biff grows into teenagehood, there develops a conspiratorial relationship between her and her father, who is a famous and gregarious man, trying to keep his wife's problems a family secret. This was a time when the insane were committed and locked up in Dickensian institutions; whatever his problems her father was desperate to save his wife from that fate. But also to protect his children from the effects of living with a tragically disturbed mother. In My Mother's Hands is a beautifully written and emotionally perplexing coming-of-age true story about growing up in an unusual family.
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10641281
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ward, Elizabeth
Dewey number
306.87092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ward, Elizabeth
  • Ward, Elizabeth
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Mentally ill
  • Families
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Mental illness
  • Families
  • Mentally ill mothers
  • Families
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a disturbing memoir of family life
Label
In my mother's hands : a disturbing memoir of family life, Biff Ward
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052749851
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9781743319116
Lccn
2014432486
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)876367316
Label
In my mother's hands : a disturbing memoir of family life, Biff Ward
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052749851
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9781743319116
Lccn
2014432486
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)876367316

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