Free eBook Mother's Ruin download

by Nicola Barry

Free eBook Mother's Ruin download ISBN: 0755316738
Author: Nicola Barry
Publisher: Headline Review; Digital original edition (July 12, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 256
Category: Proper Nutrition and Fitness
Subcategory: Addiction and Recovery
Size MP3: 1395 mb
Size FLAC: 1423 mb
Rating: 4.2
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Nicola Barry grew up in well-to-do Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Start by marking Mother's Ruin as Want to Read

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Nicola Barry grew up in well-to-do Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Her father was a hopsital consultant, her mother was medically trained, her brothers boarders at public school. But behind the closed doors of their imposing family home, her mother was drinking herself to death. A beautiful, quirky woman, this is the story of how Monica Barry became a prisoner to alcohol and a prisoner in her own home, her addiction slowly sucking the life out of her. And how - with her father at work, and her brothers away at school - Nicola spent a lot of her childhood as her mother's unofficial carer: hauling. Nicola Barry grew up in well-to-do Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Her father was a hospital consultant, her mother was medically trained, her brothers boarders at public school.

X, 245 pages ; 22 cm.

Nicola Barry is a feature writer and columnist, currently with the Sunday Express and Press and Journal. She also worked at the Edinburgh Evening News for five years and the Scotsman. She is a recent graduate of the celebrated MPhil course in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and is currently studying for a PhD in the same field.

Nicola Barry grew up in well-to-do Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Her father was a hopsital consultant, her mother was medically trained, her brothers boarders at public school. But behind the closed doors of their imposing family home, her mother was drinking herself to death. A beautiful, quirky woman, this is the story of how Monica Barry became a prisoner to alcohol and a prisoner in her own home, her addiction slowly sucking the life out of her. And how - with her father at work, and her brothers away at school - Nicola spent a lot of her childhood as her mother's unofficial carer: hauling her from the bath when she was too drunk to function and running errands to buy her booze. Full of harrowing incidents, and warmed by a touching, bleak humour, this is the powerful story of how a mother drank herself to death and how alcohol destroyed a family. And of how Nicola battled with her own alcoholism but, determined to throw off her mother's legacy, came through - a survivor.
User reviews
Hinewen
This is a well written, interesting and also heart wrenching story.
The reason I am giving this book one star is because of an incident that is told in the book. Nicola describes going to an AA meeting and hearing a man speak who has been clean for a long time. He shares a story that made him stop drinking. This act that he committed is so upsetting and horrifying that I can't get it out of my mind. I should have skipped that section when I first started to read what he had done. I haven't been able to stop crying. I simply can't fathom such extreme cruelty. I don't know how others feel but I think this story should have been left out of the book.
In fact, I don't think I would have purchased this book had I known of the cruelness described by this man. I know he is telling what happened to make him stop drinking but I guess I am somewhat naive in the horrendous acts people commit. This story involves an animal and the one thing I cannot tolerate is cruelty to any kind of animal. So unless you have a strong stomach don't read this book. I haven't finished it yet and I am not sure I will.
Lightwind
This book could have been written by me, or one of my siblings, in some parts.
It's an honest and compelling read.
Deodorant for your language
This is a very well written book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes reading bios and memoirs.
Vivaral
I loved this book and woud highly recommend it even if one has not had any 'dealings' with the demon drink.
It could apply as a metaphor for any disfunctionality within one's own family of origin.
I read this book on a Trans Atlantic Crossing, forgetting for hours my panic at the whole airport process and becoming, instead wrapped up in the words between the covers of 'Mother's Ruin'.
Nicola Barry has a way with words- a real wordsmith. The pages turned and each page brought a new fascination to read more and more. I don't really know how she survived- But in that web one just exists for the moment I expect. She must have amazing strength. I can see it as a movie- I wish someone could have gone in there and made it all better- but then the lives in that house would be different- she may not have had the imaginings of a writer created out of that turmoil.
I am so sad, as a mother to have read how her childhood was devoid of certain 'givings' albeit with the occassional saviour like her surgeon......
It's very visual in it's context ....in its ability to conjure up pictures and smells and a sense of being there.
My best wishes to the author and congratulations for her ability to be able to turn her life around.
Thank You.....