Apprenticed To My Mother – We Are Now Go!

The Blurb: When my father died in 2005, I assumed my mother would need more support and someone to help with decisions she previously shared with her husband. What I didn’t realise was the role she had in mind for me: a sort of Desmond 2.0. Over the five years until her death, I played the role of apprentice, learning more about her and her relationship with my father than I had gleaned in my previous 50 years. We laughed, we cried and, occasionally we disagreed, and throughout she manipulated me as, I learnt, she had my father. Neither of us minded much; we were both her so willing fools, for she was an extraordinary woman and we both knew we were in the presence of someone very special.

Well, it’s been read, and edited and read again and it’s done and it’s now live. I’d be delighted if you’d have a look at it; I’d be even more delighted if you bought it; and words cannot express the generally dribbling state of exhilaration I’d find myself in if you reviewed it.

If you’d be interested in a guest post on your blog about writing my first memoir, how my mother influenced so many aspects of my life, what life in my mother’s kitchen really entailed, how she used every distraction technique to avoid any sort of housework if the garden called or, indeed any theme that might apply to a mother and son (because, believe me I ‘enjoyed’ them all), then do let me know via the contact button above and I’d be delighted to oblige.

This volume can be found here…

Apprenticed To My Mother

The paperback version will follow shortly.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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52 Responses to Apprenticed To My Mother – We Are Now Go!

  1. barbtaub says:

    Just downloaded my copy. I can’t wait to read (and review)!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Congratulations, Geoff. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Darlene says:

    Just downloaded my copy onto my kindle. Can´t wait to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Awesome! So happy to put this on the Kindle!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Your blurb made me want to read it. Today.


  6. ellenbest24 says:

    Awesome Geoffles awesome. Shared to twitter

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ritu says:

    So excited to have been a part of this!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mary Smith says:

    Well done, Geoff. I’m looking forward to reading this. You’ve put me to shame, though, as my Goldfish memoir is nowhere near ready yet!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Erika Kind says:

    Congratulations, Geoff! Here it is!! What a precious tribute and memorial you created with this.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Many congratulations, Geoff. Yes, count me in on a guest post over on my blog. Let me know what you have in mind and we can work something out.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Congrats on your new release, it’s a beautiful cover!

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  12. Yes!!! It’s out! I’m so excited for you. Will go download today. When is the paperback coming out? Geoff, this is wonderful. And that cover is GORGEOUS. I absolutely love it. Congrats!

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  13. willowdot21 says:

    I BV am delighted to let you know I have just bought this and look forward to reading it in full as soon as my kindle is charged up 💜💜💜💜 well done Geoff💜💜


  14. I am definitely interested in your memoir, Geoff. I am slightly over-committed with book reviews for the next couple of weeks [me over-commit – never!] but this is on my list. Having just finished writing with my own mom, I am most interested in your writing process. Email me at if you would like to guest post on robbiesinspiration.

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  15. JT Twissel says:

    Congrats! I’d be happy to host you over at the Twissel blog. I think you have my email. If not, I think I may still have yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Crikey – Lookit you go!! It doesn’t seem that long ago you were wittering away at the editing process and now here it is! The cover design is stunning – Right there you’ve done your mum so proud!! Congratulations and hurrah!!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Charli Mills says:

    Love the cover, the synopsis and how you’ve shared your mom (and dad) with us here at your blog. Downloaded and looking forward to enjoying!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Annecdotist says:

    Yay, go Geoff! And gorgeous cover.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Hi Geoff. How wonderful, please do consider yourself invited to do a guest post on my blog, I’d love it if you did. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  20. trifflepudling says:

    Excellent, really pleased for you! Very good luck re. its reception and sales.
    This old dear doesn’t have a Kindle, so I am looking forward to the issuing of the paperback version.

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  21. Congratulations, Geoff. I like the cover

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  22. Norah says:

    Congratulations on a truly delightful and enjoyable book, Geoff. I have just finished reading and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our families and our situations are vastly different, but your book holds truths for so many. What I loved most about your book, was the love that was evident in your words, love for your family; parent for parent, parent for child, child for parent and sibling for sibling. It is a most marvellous thing. Although you may have all had your quirks and foibles, the love shines through as genuine and unconditional – a truly remarkable thing. The inclusion of your father’s poems adds much to the value of the memoir. Really well done.

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