Helen Stevenson – Love Like Salt

Mothers and daughters have intimate and sometimes fraught relationships. But how are these affected by illness or diagnosis of terminal disease? Helen Stevenson has written a highly individual and personal account of her experience as mother of Clara, who has Cystic Fibrosis. It is an idiosyncratic story: even the geography is unusual, featuring a move to rural southern France, memories of her own up-bringing near Doncaster, and a move back to Somerset. And it often takes an unusual pensive tone, with an allusive literary voice reflecting the writer’s background as a translator, married to an academic specialising in Petrarch. But … Read more...