The Virago Book of Grandmothers Author:Penelope Farmer Following on from her books of twins and sisters, the author now turns to grandmothers, describing the tentative beginnings of her own relationship to two small granddaughters, in a family where she is the first grandmother to survive in four generations. In a mass of material gathered from literature, science, history, biography, and anthropolo... more »gy, she looks for the role models—and awful warnings—missing from her own experience, and attempts to define and redefine the role of grandmotherhood in an age when fewer and fewer women fit the traditional model of sweet old grey-haired gran. Penelope Farmer shows grandmothers, good, bad, old, young, happy, and sometimes wretched, as seen by themselves and by their grandchildren, in all eras and from all parts of the world.
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'In her timely anthology, Penelope Farmer sets out to acknowledge the different ways of being a grandmother...two things shine through its generous clutter. The first is the 'A remarkable collection of writings...a thoroughly useful book' SCOTSMAN 'This book would make an excellent present for someone who had just become a grandmother' INDEPENDENT 'Two things shine through...The first is the poignancy of growing older. The second is overwhelming joy.' OBSERVER 'A delightful anthology, wide rangins and a perfect present.' DAILY EXPRESS 'Funny and moving...fearless about probing fairly sensitive issues...' GLASGOW HERALD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.« less