Massimo is just nine when his mother dies. His heartbroken father tries to protect his son, but Massimo soon finds there are no substitutes for his mother, and although they bond through their love of football, Massimo and his father soon drift apart.
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Mark Haddon's touching, highly observant latest novel shows how our divided loyalties as families will always bring us both trauma and joy
Bestselling novelist Elizabeth Buchan tackles the often tricky relationship between mothers, daughters and step-daughters in her new novel
It's Mother's Day this weekend, but forget the sentimental romances, here are five books about the darker side of maternal love
French Children Don’t Throw Food author Pamela Druckerman investigates the secrets of serene parenting from across the Channel
Roopa Farooki examines the lure of the compulsive gambler in her new novel The Flying Man - a character based on her own father
With students about to head off to university, novelist Nina Bell suggests taking a philosophical approach to a quiet home
Author Josie Curran recalls the simple pleasures of summers past.