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Megan Evens appears to have it all: brains, beauty, a successful career as a foreign correspondent. But deep down she is lonely and rootless. Pregnant, craving love but unable to trust after the destructive affair with her baby's father she returns to the security of her birthplace in Wales. When Megan's son is later diagnosed with a terminal condition, a degenerative, hereditary disease, everything she believed to be true about her origins is thrown into question. To save her son Megan must unearth the truth; she must excavate family history and memory. Enlisting the help of former colleague Jack North, a man with a secret of his own, Megan embarks on a journey of self discovery and into the heart of what it means to be a parent.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19mm | 498g
  • Bursledon, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1907335145
  • 9781907335143
  • 3,320,621

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43 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 33% (14)
4 44% (19)
3 21% (9)
2 2% (1)
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With the emotional resonance of a Maggie O' Farrell and hints of Ishiguro's Never let me go, Bloodmining is a vivid and believable rendering of a familiar but crucially altered near future. A compelling debut novel from Laura Wilkinson that I read in one sitting, this is well worth the read. Over the course of the novel we develop great sympathy and affinity with the characters: Megan who must chart her past to save her child's future, Elizabeth, whose story is both shocking and profoundly moving as well as Megan's colleague Jack North who introduces resourcefulness and humour to a difficult quest. I enjoyed Megan's tough exterior which is paired with a fierce love for her son Cerdic who develops a life threatening hereditary illness. What Megan learns as she tries to find a suitable donor for her son's treatment is central to the plot and there will be no spoilers from this quarter. We visit two eras, near future and a future right on our doorstep, although one I hope we do not witness. But that's as far as I'm telling. I strongly urge you to find out for yourselves, Wilkinson's prose is light, clever and accomplished, the story structure elegant and effective and her descriptions utterly evocative and riveting. She explores ethical dilemmas and decisions that are close at hand. If you want a book to grip, shock, surprise and satisfy you, with plenty of discussion for reading groups this will not disappoint. Bloodmining deserves a wide readership and recognition and I look forward to more from this more
by Alison Wells
BloodMining began as flash fiction, sparked by a news item about a British woman who became a new mother at the age of 62. The action takes place within two time settings - the immediate, and more distant future. Wikinson's future is not, at first glance, so different from the present. Her imagined world is credible because while subtly different, it is rooted in current anxieties. Gutsy and fiercely independent, Megan Evens - a single mother, fighting to save her son's life after he is diagnosed with a rare, and lethal, hereditary disease- is a very modern heroine. Wilkinson creates a rich internal narrative, allowing readers to connect with her main character. As Megan begins to question her own identity, her loneliness draws us still closer. As a novel about women, ageing, and the mother-child relationship, BloodMining is compelling, and Wilkinson ably navigates the tender, sometimes fraught exchanges between her protagonists. Though its scope is ambitious, and could easily have veered off-course, BloodMining's deft interweaving of complex themes makes for a haunting d�?????�????�???�??�?�©but. Recommended for fans of contemporary thrillers, with an interest in more
by Tara
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