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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929992
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maxwell is a transportive narrator, able to convey the there-but-for-the-grace-of-God aspect of this horrendous yet hopeful story with terrific evocation." (Johnny Davis Q Magazine)

"Funny, full of love but refreshingly unsentimental" (The London Paper)

"Maxwell narrates their remarkable story with barrels of rough-and ready Glaswegian drollery" (London Lite)

"His spirited determination to overcome all that he's been through is humbling to witness" (Guardian)

"A remarkable journey of rehabilitation... The story of Collins's catastrophic illness is horrific, but sometimes funny and, ultimately hopeful too" (Sunday Herald) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A remarkable and poignant memoir of being hit by the hurricane of a stroke and rebuilding your life in its wake

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Woofit on 4 Aug. 2009
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I cannot praise this book highly enough. A moving, funny and searingly honest account of the time immediately before and many months after Edwyn's stroke. I was moved to tears and, by turns, laughing out loud as Grace Maxwell recounts the trials, tribulations and successes that occurred during this most difficult of times.
If you've ever spent extended periods in hospitals and treatment centres this will strike a chord with you and if you haven't prepare to have your eyes opened.

You don't have to be an Edwyn Collins or Orange Juice fan to find a connection to this book, just a big heart and a ready wit will suffice. I couldn't put it down from the moment I opened it. Fantastic, just fantastic, please buy it now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Grace Maxwell is the long term partner of musician Edwyn Collins, best known for his song, 'A Girl Like You', which was a massive world wide hit. As Maxwell points out in this memoir, they were to praise the time this song made them financially comfortable, for finding Collins one day, collapsed on the floor of their home, having suffered an enormous stroke, and then nursing him through another one and MRSA, they were going to need the money.

And this is the strength of Maxwell's writing. She tells it like it is. This is a funny, frank, sentimental, sad and joyous read about the reality of the months and years needed to help rebuild a family's life after it has been ripped apart by such a devastating illness. Collins was left partially paraylsed with very little memory and unable to do very much of anything. The story shows how Grace, Edwyn and their family fought hard to create a new reality and amazingly get him back to the point where he could appear on stage again.

A truly inspiring read. I ate this book in a day. I genuinely could not put it down.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By CB on 7 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Read this book in less than a day as once I picked it up I couldn't put it down.

A very honest and well written text that shows the full extent of human strength. A book that although sad in many respects will lift your spirits (I must confess to giggling out loud on more than one occasion).

Even if you are not a fan of the music of Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice this is still a fascinating read on how a close partner has to cope when their spouse suffers 2 brain hemorrhages.

I wish I could write a better review as this book was fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sheevy10 on 11 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book mainly because as an Orange Juice / Edwyn Collins fan of some 30 years, if I'm honest, I've always been just that little bit jealous of Grace! I was therefore curious to read not only about how Edwyn and his nearest and dearest coped during the dark days but also to discover what she has that I don't.... :)

That was answered in the first few pages.....a strength of character that defies belief.

Grace writes beautfully and what is really laudable is how much of Edwyn's unique character, personality and idiosyncracies come through in her account of his time in hospital, on the road to recovery and also the early days, when she'd first met him...it's just really funny, touching and it stirred up all my great memories e.g. going to see Orange Juice in Tiffany's in Glasgow ("I'm no' a poof, YOU'RE a poof" :- Edwyn to some smart-ass, lagered-up student in the audience). I also remember falling in love to a Postcard Soundtrack....my then boyfriend gave me two Postcard 7" singles 'Poor Old Soul' and Aztec Camera's "Just Like Gold"....still 2 of my all time favourites today.

The book is simply great....not just because it embodies the spirit of Edwyn but because it demonstrates he definitely chose the right woman....strong enough to help Edwyn through the worst times, fight his battles when he wasn't able to do that himself and then to write about it so eloquently.

Falling and Laughing is a great book for both OJ fans and for people who've never heard of Edwyn Collins (where have you been?!)....it is a life-affirming, inspiring, headshakes-of-disbelief,smiles galore good read....I read it across 6 hours....just shows how engaging it is....

Not jealous now, Grace....just full of admiration!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Highton on 20 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an admirer of Edwyn Collins since 1980 and a collector of both Orange Juice and his solo records
I was saddened when I first read of his illness.
However Edwyn survived despite a number of setbacks and that fact makes this book a life affirming read.
This book is a great follow on to the recent BBC documentary about Edwyn's recovery "Home Again".
I do wonder if the results would have been so favourable if Edwyn had not had the hit "A Girl Like You", as that
appears to have given the family the financial wherewithall to weather the crisis. If this is so then I am glad I bought the record.
Even if Edwyn never releases another record his recorded legacy is wonderfull.
He was even responsible (partly) for my favourite ever version of "Pale Blue Eyes", and I have often wondered was
the Orange Juice fourth album called the Third album in honour of the Velvets third or maybe as the book suggests
Edwyn was just being irksome with his record label.
On a final note the real hero of the book is Grace as it is her support and strength that shines through when Edwyn most needed it.
A lovely book.
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