He has responsibilities for the dependents in his life; such as a 55-stone boar called The General and Buster the Billy-goat. But while caring so well for the animals on his farm; he begins to reflect on the distinct lack of care in his own childhood.
Both funny and heartbreaking; Simon tells of a latch-key childhood that involved physical and emotional damage; losing his virginity to a much older woman; failing spectacularly at school and burning his house down; while his mother entertained her violent boyfriend and looked for someone she could give Simon away to.
In his new book; Simon decides not just to face up to the emotional damage his mother inflicted on him; but to try to understand her and achieve some kind of reconciliation before she dies. Was it his innate unloveableness; or was it something that would now be called postnatal depression?
Warm; witty and honest; the book charts the humour; the anger; the confusion; the hurt; the hate and the desperation of a mother who can't give love and a son longing for it.
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