• "[Segal] writes with delicate eloquence, combining passion and comic understatement so deftly that this feels the only way the book could have been written… I don’t think I’ve turned the pages so urgently in a book about motherhood before"

    Lara Feigal, Guardian
  • "Transcendent, moving, but thoughtful and necessary too, Mother Ship is its own miraculous achievement"

    Lucy Scholes, Financial Times
  • "A compelling and emotionally taut exploration of what it means to be a parent in unexpected and challenging circumstances... The pages of Mother Ship are filled with love, anguish, despair and hope in the face of adversity. As a memoir, it is both insightful and moving; as a diary of 56 days in neonatal care, it is an exquisitely written paean to motherhood"

  • "As gripping as a thriller and as moving as a love story"

    Amanda Craig, Spectator
  • "Francesca’s writing is vivid and moving, bruised and beautiful, in this almost painfully tender account of precarious motherhood"

    Sunday Express