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Gas and Air - Tales of Pregnancy and Birth (Paperback) Loot Price: R302
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Gas and Air - Tales of Pregnancy and Birth (Paperback): Jill Dawson, Margo Daly
Gas and Air - Tales of Pregnancy and Birth (Paperback): Jill Dawson, Margo Daly

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Gas and Air - Tales of Pregnancy and Birth (Paperback)

Jill Dawson, Margo Daly

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Giving birth is a unique experience - no two women have identical feelings and emotions, every birth is as individual as a set of fingerprints, yet there is an intense bond between women who have had children. The 22 stories in this anthology will strike a chord with everyone who has ever been pregnant, had a baby or waited for their partner to give birth. The full range of emotions is here - the overpowering rush of love for the newborn, the suffocating pit of post-natal depression, the fierce resentment the new mother feels for the unfettered male and the devastation of stillbirth. Some are fiction, some are fact, but these are all experiences that could have happened to anyone expecting a baby. Some accounts express the frustration of women losing control - this may be because they're unable to have the birth they have longed for (Judith Bryan's 'Deliverance'), because their partners are incapable of understanding this intense new relationship (Jill Dawson's 'The Twilight Zone') or simply because their pregnant bodies don't follow the normal rules of behaviour. In 'The True Body', the writer's waters break all over a department store floor, yet she feels no shame, only regret that something so intimate is to be washed away by a vacant shop girl with a mop. This acute perception is common to all the stories - protective layers are stripped away by pregnancy and birth, and in no story is this more poignantly expressed than in Eva Sallis's 'The Kursk'. As the author goes into labour, the 118 sailors on the trapped Russian submarine are losing their fight for life. Successive rescue attempts are abandoned and when she opens her eyes to gaze on her new son, born during such a dreadful tragedy, she can only think of those other mothers: 'They will never see their sons again. I can't stop crying, looking down at mine.' This is a mesmerizing collection, exhilarating and tender, joyful yet riven with sorrow for those who have lost children, are unable to have them or have to cope with disability. These accounts are moving yet unsentimental - each writer has something new and exciting to say about what is a universal experience. (Kirkus UK)
22 stunning tales of pregnancy, birth and beyond...Emily Perkins, Polly Samson, Peter Carey, Julia Darling, Judith Bryan, Roddy Doyle, Jill Dawson, Chandani Lokuge, Eva Sallis, Margo Daly, Bridget O'Connor, Christopher Cyril, Alice Jerome, Bernard Cohen, David Guterson, Kathy Page, Kathryn Heyman, Nikki Gemmel, Simone Lazeroo, Hannah Fink, Nick Hornby, Rosie Waitt This highly varied and vibrant mosaic of fiction and memoir by some of our finest contemporary writers captures the individual and unique, as well as the quotidian and universal, in the birth experience. As Kathy Page's narrator puts it to her baby, 'You and I, the two of us, moving on, but the same time going back, where everyone has been before.' Here are the alterations of consciousness, the anxieties, vulnerabilities and glories of mothers; the baffled and triumphant perspectives of fathers. The full range of experience of new parents has been included, so that along with the intensity, joys and passions, there are still-births, unwanted pregnancies, post-natal depression, resentment of the father (who is at least able to slip out for a pint of Guinness - superbly captured in Jill Dawson's 'Twilight Zone'), plus autism, feelingly described by Nick Hornby. This is a moving and enlightening anthology, one to satisfy the cravings of expectant parents, certainly, but also for everyone else keen on fine prose and curious about the beginnings of life for us all.


Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2002
Authors: Jill Dawson • Margo Daly
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format / B-format
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-0-7475-5823-1
Barcode: 9780747558231
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Family & health > Advice on parenting > Pregnancy, birth & baby care
LSN: 0-7475-5823-X

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