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Mothers and Daughters  - Kylie Ladd

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Published: 27th August 2014
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A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and their teenage daughters by the acclaimed author of Into My Arms, Last Summer and After the Fall.

Four mothers. Four teenage daughters.

An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception.

What could possibly go wrong?

There's tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns - and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to...

How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other?

A sure-fire hit from a writer who's been steadily building fans and critical acclaim and is ready to explode on to the bestseller lists.

'...a strong, intelligent, subtle and wise new voice...being compared with Christos Tsiolkas, Malcolm Knox and Helen Garner....' Booktopia

About the Author

Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has previously published three novels: After The Fall, Last Summer, which was Highly Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading's '50 books you can't put down' for 2013. With Leigh Langtree, she also edited the anthology Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.


Boring mothers, dull daughters.


I couldn't believe that a book reviewed so well should turn out so badly. I read right to the end, despite my intense boredom, hoping for something to turn up. It didn't. As for mothers and daughters, it was a pale reflection of real life. As to the take-home message that some secrets are best not shared, who would bother to write a whole book on that? Avoid this book.



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Kylie Ladd

Kylie Ladd is a freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, Etchings, O magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine, Sydney’s Child, and Readers Digest, amongst others. In 2006 she co-authored Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (Michelle Anderson Publishing), and in 2008 co-edited Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity (Allen and Unwin).

She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and continues to work in public and private practice in this field.

Kylie loves reading, swimming, running, the beach, reading, eating, reading, her PC and reading. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, Craig, and two young children.

Her first novel After the Fall met with critical acclaim. Last Summer is eagerly awaited.

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ISBN: 9781760110666
ISBN-10: 1760110663
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Edition Number: 1