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The Dementia Diaries – Matthew Snyman

Posted in non-fiction on February 17th, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment




Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Publication Date – 21st April 2016

Whilst this book is aimed at young folk (7-14) with its Wimpy Kid/graphic novel style, I think it would be extremely useful for people of all ages as it contains easily accessible information about the effects of all types of dementia. You don’t even have to have a relative with dementia as there will be someone in your neighbourhood with the condition and this book has a wealth of tips and advice which could really enhance the lives of those affected by dementia.

Brie, Fred, Sarah and Sam give honest accounts of what life is like for their grandparents, anecdotes which are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking. There seems to be a lot of stigma attached to dementia, just like there was/still is with cancer and depression. Any book which acts as a springboard for discussion can only be a positive move forward and it is often the case that young people are more open and less inhibited in their views than adults.

The Dementia Diaries should be in every school library. With life expectancy increasing, more and more children will experience dementia within their family circle and it really is about time we stopped considering it as something shameful to be swept under the carpet, “out of the mouth of babes” etc…. Highly recommended.

My thanks to NetGalley for providing a free digital copy for review purposes.


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Last Bus to Coffeeville – J. Paul Henderson

Posted in Contemporary Fiction on April 20th, 2014 by admin – 1 Comment

Last Bus to Coffeeville


No Exit Press


My Rating

Rating: ★★★★☆

Nancy Skidmore has a plan and she needs Doc Eugene Chaney to fulfil his side of the bargain if she is to achieve her goal – to be free of the relentless Alzheimers Disease which has plagued several generations of her family.  Doesn’t sound like a bundle of laughs, does it?  Somehow J. Paul Henderson manages to wrap the narrative of his debut novel with a cosy, heartwarming vibe which makes for an enjoyable and engaging read.  Fans of existentialism and angst should turn away now.

The small, unimposing town of  Coffeeville, Mississippi is Nancy’s final destination, the location of a wooden lodge owned by her family.  However her journey there is far from straightforward as it involves many diversions, both historical and geographical, as well as a large cast of varied and somewhat eccentric characters.  I can see how the meandering narrative might irritate some readers but I loved it : relaxing into it was like floating on a lazy river absorbing bits of trivia en route.  The style is reminiscent of Forest Gump and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe with that laid-back, warm and inviting southern voice.  Indeed I could see this transferring very easily to the big screen.

It’s by no means a perfect book with some sections of dialogue a bit on the clunky, heavy-handed side but it is a very promising debut.  Not bad at all for a former foundry worker from Bradford, West Yorkshire.  ;-)



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