A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
In the vein of the Costa-winning Dadland, with the biographical elements of H is for Hawk, The Fragments of my Father is a powerful and poignant memoir about parents and children, freedom and responsibility, madness and creativity and what it means to be a carer.
'...a beautifully written memoir ... a brave and original book filled with all kinds of glittering fragments - personal, literary and political ... It is not a how-to manual, but a powerful exploration of loving and giving' The Times
'Stunning - brilliantly original, wise and profound. Mills writes with great philosophical depth and lyrical beauty about the quotidian asperities and painful tragicomedy of caring for a very ill parent, and the knowledge that they inhabit a surreal nightmare and the insane rules of this nightmare are that they are ravaged however much you love and protect them. Immensely moving, timely and also timeless' Joanna Kavenna, author of Zed
'Mills's interweaving of stories, both historical and contemporary, displays the complexity of the bonds of familial and romantic love and how they can enrich one's life and work if we allow them to ... beautifully exposes the grains of an author's life through the exploration of their place in a family. It show us there are many ways to move towards our unknowable futures via the stories of our past' Spectator
'... a poignant memoir about being a carer for a father who suffered from mental illness. Mills melds her own touching story with reflections on the literary figures - including Zelda Fitzgerald - who have been through similar struggles' Independent
'A beautiful book, written with rare honesty and emotional complexity, as well as a lively and amusing one. It will provide comfort to anyone who's done the debilitating work of caring for a loved one, and insight to anyone who hasn't' Edmund Gordon, author of The Invention of Angela Carter
'Mills takes you into the human heart at its most broken and its most hopeful in this brilliant book that will make you laugh and cry. It is a passionate cry for the millions of carers across the world, unpaid, unthanked, fighting every day out of love' Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens