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Labour is “Medusa ripping out” and early days of breastfeeding are “nipples bleeding, like being stabbed with hot pokers” (I’m paraphrasing but you get my point). Clover Stroud’s powerhouse of a memoir gets closer than anything else I have read to answering that question.

But the imperative of obliterating her own inner pain is more urgent to her than the imperative of giving time and attention to the children she already has. Even as she’s bracingly direct about the frustrations of motherhood, Stroud also revels in the delights. You feel the roller coaster ride of family life, from the rawness of birth through to the mundane of family life. As a mum of six I’m deeply grateful to read Clover’s book, putting into words the vast roller coaster of emotions that mothering can bring.

Já nevím, přijde mi to prostě jako špatné pořadí - proč si dělat děti, když miluje jen šestinedělí a pak je to pro ni peklo? I can see how this book might not be for everyone, but by writing this brave, open memoir Clover Stroud gives a gift to other women, and lays a path for more of us to do the same. I really liked the writing style but think it was spoilt a bit by the unnecessary sexual references. Ale možná jsem jen zbytečně kritická, určitě jsou tam i světlé momenty (aneb třeba se k tomu vrátím, až sama někdy budu mít děti).

The only thing I didn’t like, and which seems to be a trend in books I’ve read recently, is her references to drug taking in the past and intimate details of her relationships.

Just as being fucked so hard it hurts can feel good, this pain becomes something I recognise as clearly as I know myself. She excels in evoking the feral, instinctive forces that motherhood unleashes, which can be so difficult to explain or describe (hence the shocked refrain of new mothers: “Nobody ever tells you! As someone with a huge maternal instinct, passion for working with children and life long aim of being a mother, I find anything about motherhood to be really interesting.

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