I weighed up these women in my life and decided that none of them would fill the role of a mother. But then, what did I know about mothers anyway?
The quote is from Alva’s Boy: An unsentimental memoir by Alan Collins. I have been up to my elbows in Collins’ work over recent months. He first came to my attention when I reviewed his collection of short stories, A Thousand Nights at the Ritz and it has been hard to get him out of my head so one of my long-term projects is a study of his work is in relation to our concept of ‘Home’. Alva’s Boy was completed just prior to the author’s death in 2008.