TALK: with Author Clover Stroud


Wednesday 13 May, 6:30pm  Bookings

We are delighted to welcome Clover Stroud back to the barn gallery this time in discussion with fellow author and journalist Chloe Fox. Join us for supper afterwards created by our Mess Restaurant team.

Clover’s new book My Wild and Sleepless Nights – A Mother’s Story is an unflinching, deeply personal book about motherhood, female identity and sexuality – for all mothers and anyone about to embark on that journey.

My Wild and Sleepless Nights explores what it means to be a mother: the way that children and motherhood changes women – both strengthening and weakening a woman’s sense of identity. And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself.

Unflinching, brutally honest, – this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before. Her first book, The Wild Other, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.

Clover is also an experienced journalist and broadcaster making regular contributions to TV and radio. She has had three columns in the Sunday Telegraph and has written regularly also for The Sunday Times,The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, The Spectator, Red, Elle and Tatler.

‘This is quite simply the best book about motherhood I have ever read.’ – Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times

‘The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love’ – Sunday Times Style

‘What a beautiful writer Clover Stroud is! This honest look at the the high and lows of the roller coaster that is maternal life and love is both joyous and exhilarating.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Rare are the books about motherhood; rarer still, the true, generous, tender, resonant ones. This is that book.’ SOPHIE DAHL

‘Clover’s writing is visceral and brilliant.’ INDIA KNIGHT

Chloe Fox is a journalist and author, whose work regularly appears in the pages of VOGUE, PORTER, THE TELGRAPH, and THE FINANCIAL TIMES to name but a few.

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