• A stunning book. Mother: An Unconventional History is a dextrous blend of autobiography and anthropology and social history, but above all love and a woman's desire to be a mother. It is riveting from beginning to end

    Diane Atkinson, author of 'Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes'
  • Fascinating and beautifully written. A book I will feverishly press on others - both as an exploration of unheard histories and as a companion to pregnancy and early motherhood

    Rebecca Schiller, author of Your No-Guilt Pregnancy Plan
  • In this innovative, grippingly readable history, Sarah Knott has woven a scintillating tapestry of ideas and experiences across time. Mother is a moving and enlightening meditation on the most elemental, yet ceaselessly varied, of all human bonds.

    Fara Dabhoiwala, author of 'The Origins of Sex'
  • A remarkable book. Sarah Knott weaves an intimate account of becoming a mother into a richly-documented history of maternity. Eloquent and evocative, this is a book to savour and share with anyone who loves great history-writing.

    Barbara Taylor, author of 'Eve and the New Jerusalem' and 'The Last Asylum'

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