Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

Paperback Published on: 07/03/2019
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A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Brave, illuminating and inspiring, Somebody I Used to Know is the first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia. What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you? When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of fifty-eight, Wendy Mitchell was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Philosophical, profoundly moving, insightful and ultimately full of hope, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. A phenomenal memoir - the first of its kind - it is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a courageous acceptance of the woman dementia has seen her become.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781408893333
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 224g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Somebody I Used to Know
An incredibly powerful and moving novel
This is not a tale, a story carefully crafted by an incredible author, this is true life and the most powerful book I have read in a long time. I truly hop... READ MORE
Mandy Brandon
Somebody I Used to Know
Somebody I used to Know.
Quite an experience reading this book. It demonstrates that instead of closing down the world of a dementia sufferer ways can be found to let the sufferer... READ MORE
Jane Ratcliffe