In My Mother's Hands

In My Mother's Hands

Biff Ward / Nov 18, 2019

In My Mother s Hands 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 he

  • Title: In My Mother's Hands
  • Author: Biff Ward
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  • Page: 415
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  • 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 teenage hood, there develops a conspiratThere 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 teenage hood, 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.

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    1. I was uneasy with this memoir. It tells the story of the author's childhood, living with a mother who was almost certainly schizophrenic in 1950s Australia, where mental illness was poorly misunderstood and treated. The author wrestles with a dreadful situation, and highlights how poorly society dealt with post-natal depression and mental illness and the awful choices families faced - try to keep living around the problem or commit a family member to fairly brutal 'therapy'. I increasingly strug [...]


    2. When the Stella Prize longlist for 2015 was announced, I went through and downloaded samples of the books that interested me. This is the first book for which I read the sample and had to keep on reading.Biff Ward grew up in a house that was unlike the houses of the people she knew. There was the shadow of her sister Alison, said to have drowned in her bath as a baby when her mother fainted. And there was Biff’s mother, a woman who always seemed distracted, apart from her family. At times this [...]


    3. A very moving memoir of life with a mother with mental illness, when the family struggled on with minimal help. A book of heart and humour, with great depictions of growing up in Sydney and Canberra. Biff's relationship with her father is central to the book, and gives us a real insight into his struggles. Very worthwhile reading.


    4. I have fiddled around with this review for weeks and it’s only today that I realised what was bothering me – other reviews (settle down, I won’t name names).Biff Ward’s memoir, In My Mother’s Hands, describes her life growing up in the 40s and 50s. Biff has a younger brother, Mark, but there was also baby Alison, who drowned in her bath before Biff was born. The drowning occurred because Biff’s mother was ‘distracted’ – it was an event that would have a deep effect on their liv [...]


    5. Hard. So sad. Disturbing and emotionally brutal read. This novel starts slowly, builds gradually then the pace quickens. Very well written book. The first few chapters explain the characters: Alison: the deceased baby, the Mother and the Father and of course where they lived. That's the slowest bit. Then it gets into the nitty gritty: the family secrets and so on. After the halfway mark I could not put the book down. I cried in three parts: revisiting the family home, on Biff receiving her Dad's [...]


    6. The history of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is relatively recent and short. A person who was once thought of madness can now have their illness named and treatment provided.Biff Ward tells of growing up in a home where her mother was considered mad. Biff also knows of an older sister who had died at 4 months old - drowned in a bathing incident. Whether this was an accident or a result of her mother's illness is central to the story. Biff and her brother grow up with her father who i [...]


    7. A moving memoir of a woman who grew up with mother that was mentally ill in the 40s and 50s, when it was not well understood. They lived in Australia, so that adds additional interest for those of whom do not live there. Biff Ward is able to look back with well written descriptions at her unusual and often terrifying childhood. Mostly there seemed to be a large sense of the absence of the mother that was not quite there. She also shows how people either knew something was not quite right and ign [...]


    8. Biff Ward, the daughter of the noted historian Russel Ward, writes of her mother's struggles with mental illness. It's more than this though: the whole family struggles. Although Ward's revelations about both parents are startling, the tone is wistful rather than vindictive, and while she censures both parents at times, her compassion shines through.See my full review at:residentjudge.wordpress/2


    9. This was an interesting and well written memoir about growing up with a mother who had mental illness in an era when such things were kept secret. The narrative line was strong with a nice balance between the child's voice, the adult's voice of later reflection and references to source documents with information about thoughts and events that were not shared with the daughter at the time. The book made for interesting reading and a spirited discussion at our book club.


    10. A beautifully written memoir about a time when mental illness was not understood. Ward's upbringing was clearly difficult and traumatic and yet she writes with grace and understanding about what was a pretty untenable situation for all of them. For my full review, please see: whisperinggums/2015/04/02/


    11. I was predisposed to like this book as I vaguely know the author. A very clear, gripping, raw exploration of a childhood in the shadow of a mother's mental illness. So many images from this book have stayed with me - I can still 'smell' the sandy North Sydney soil under their house. Not sentimental, but still respectful of why the family members behaved the way they did. A great read.




    12. Unfortunately the book didn't interest me in the slightest. Found myself skimming every time I picked it up, then decided to just stop reading.


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