Clover Stroud

My Wild and Sleepless Nights
  • My Wild and Sleepless Nights

  • 'The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love.' - Sunday Times

    Mother to five children, Clover Stroud has navigated family life across two decades, both losing and finding herself. In her touching, provocative and profoundly insightful book, she captures a sense of what motherhood really feels like – how intense, sensuous, joyful, boring, profound and dark it can be.

    My Wild and Sleepless Nights examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals with unflinching honesty the many conflicting emotions that this entails: the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair.

    'Generous, tender, resonant' Sophie Dahl
    'A wonderful book' Julie Myerson
    'Bravo brave Clover Stroud' Amy Liptrot
    'A masterpiece' Esther Coren
    'Visceral and brilliant' India Knight
    'Joyous and exhilarating' Cathy Rentzenbrink
    'This book is fantastic' Polly Samson
    'A remarkable woman, and an incredible writer' Bryony Gordon
    'Every time a woman tells the truth like this, it sets another woman free' Elizabeth Gilbert

    Charting the course of one year, the first in her youngest child’s life, Clover searches for answers to questions that many of us would be too afraid to admit to – not only about motherhood, but also about female sexuality and identity. Her story will speak to all mothers, and anyone about to embark on that journey.

RELEASED 20/02/2020

Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast Traveller among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children. Her first book, The Wild Other, was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize.