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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308438
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Slevin (1957-Present)

Likes: Creativity in all its forms. Most types of music. Bristol cars, Stauer watches, Sunday dinners.

Dislikes: Politics & Beetroot.

Lives in Nuneaton.

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'Deeply loving yet wryly comic... The most moving portrait of this cruel disease you'll ever read.' --Daily Mail

'This is not just another isn't dementia awful moan. It is a very honest and clear account of five years of a son looking after his mother - at home, in care homes and hospitals.... Slevin is a great raconteur, and the book is a page-turner. Many of the pages made me laugh out loud... A marvellous read.' -- Dementia Positive

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The story of my mother's daily fight against a disease neither she, nor anyone in the family could understand. The book contains useful tips and information for anyone who has to look after a relative at home suffering from dementia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sydney Joe on 22 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
`The Little Girl in the Radiator' is a real delight for any reader. It is truly a wonderfully written book and one that maintained my interest from beginning to end. The author, Martin Slevin, explains/deals with the complex issue of Alzheimer's disease in the most compassionate, clear and simplest of ways. He really has mastered the art of storytelling. The book is written in such away that each chapter is very self contained, easy to pickup, read, put down and start again at a later date. Martin's style is clear, expressive and always easy to follow. At times this book is hilariously funny, whilst other times very moving bringing tears to my eyes. I was captivated all the way through and would highly recommend this book to anyone - not just those who have come into contact with Alzheimers. Written by Joe from Sydney
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Aug. 2012
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What a wonderfully written book.
It made me laugh out loud at the descriptions of some of her antics and cry with sadness when the understanding of the Little Girl in the Radiator is revealed.
I too have a Mum with Alzheimers although Dad is her main carer. I know what a saint he is coping 24 hours a day with Mum's repetitiveness and moodiness. This book helps you to see the illness from the sufferers perspective even though she was unable to verbalise exactly how she felt. Martin (her son) was able to read between the lines of the chaotic mind of his Mum's Alzheimers to interpret her feelings.
My Mum does not hallucinate at the moment but she does do and say things repetitively to the point that you feel you will go demented too, but this book has helped me enormously. It also brings home the difference in care homes and should it ever come to it I shall be very careful to check them out thoroughly before allowing Mum to reside there.
Thank you Martin for showing us the funny side (probably only in retrospect!) and revealing the very sad side of Alzheimers.
A book I would very highly recommend
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Glen on 10 Oct. 2010
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A moving, loving, and sometimes hilarious portrait of the decline of a loved one into this awful disease. So little is understood, well worth a read
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. D. Rickards on 5 Aug. 2012
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Downloaded this book and have not put it down. Hilarious anecdotes of Martins mother Rose and her life with Altzheimers. Crushingly moving and very down to earth Martin has lived with the reality of this disease. Fantastically written and a real page turner, Martins mum would have been so proud of him
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bmw on 4 Sept. 2012
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I'm a carer not only with clients but my mum has alzheimers. I saw this book reviewed in a newspaper so thought I would buy it. I actually read it in a day it was brilliant if only everyone would read this, the fact that his mother would wander off and talk to complete strangers, a thing that my mother does all the time, and as for the dog situation I worry everytime I come home expecting my dogs to be wearing a new haircut. This book should be on the Richard & Judy list of books. But beware you need a box of tissues next to you when you get to the last chapters. I'm telling everyone about this book and loaning it to my family
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 15 Sept. 2013
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Martin has provided an extremely interesting account of his experiences of caring for his mother. Very readable book which can help improve awareness and understanding of this illness. He should be proud of his efforts in looking after Rose over a number of years. There is a nice balance between poignant and humorous moments, whilst at the same time some useful advice is also provided. Definitely worth reading if anyone is at the start of the journey for caring for someone with this illness or reaching the point where a suitable care home may need to be found. For me, it was interesting to 'compare notes'. Many similarities with my mother (also a seamstress and passed away at same age,1926-2008). It was also a relief to read that I wasn't the only son forced to lock his mother in the house for fear of her wandering off and getting lost.
If the author of this excellent book reads this review, you may like to read my book, Dementia and Mum-Who Really Cares? by Michael Fassio. I'm sure you will find it interesting that in different part of the country we were going through such similar emotions and facing similar challenges at more or less the same time. If you are ever in London, we should meet up for a drink. My email address is michaelfassio@hotmail.co.uk
Good luck for the future and thanks for sharing your moving,funny and heart-warming story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharry on 13 Sept. 2012
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I read this book to hopefully give me an insight into Alzheimers and was not dissapointed. Everything was described in a touching and clear text, it was wonderful and I hope the writer is proud as I, for one, now have more understanding without having to trail through boring medical tomes. The stories are still making me chuckle, poor dog! Thankyou for a wonderful if sad book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tm5 on 3 Sept. 2012
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This book is brilliantly written, it is funny even though the subject is a serious one that needs to be brought out into the open, it is also sad so I found myself crying and laughing at the same time. I read a summary of this book in the Daily Mail and although I am not a book reader the subject is one I have dealt with. This book is an absolute gem of a read.
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