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The Midwife's Daughter
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Patricia Ferguson trained in nursing and midwifery, and her first book, Family Myths and Legends, won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. Her most recent books, It So Happens and Peripheral Vision were both longlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Bristol.

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The Midwife's Daughter is warm and wise, heart- breakingly sad and yet somehow uplifting too.I've been a big fan of Patricia Ferguson for many years - and I think this is her finest novel yet. -- Jacqueline Wilson A masterfully detailed, compassionate and enthralling story, rich in surprising revelations and beautifully plotted. -- Miranda Seymour She is precisely the kind of writer whose novels you'd expect to find advertised on tube billboards and selling in the hundred thousands - plotty, emollient, fluent, concerned with relationships and what fosters or thwarts them, and capable of making you root for the characters Guardian Strong, affecting, vividly depicted ... It is a pure pleasure to read -- Lionel Shriver Telegraph One of the most brilliant novelists around ... funny, gripping, wonderfully shrewd -- Amanda Craig Independent Moving seamlessly between characters, she shines light on barely-conscious thoughts and feelings to great, often ironic effect ... a sympathetic, psychologically acute and thoroughly involving tale Daily Mail Hugely enjoyable, classic storytelling Red Ferguson should be better known ... she draws on years of experience working as a nurse and midwife to produce acute, skilful descriptions FT

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