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Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself [Hardcover]

Jonathan Taylor
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2 July 2007
Take Me Home is the story of a son s struggle for recognition from a father who is being transformed mentally and physically by a ruinous disease, and a writer s search to discover a father s strange and largely secret past.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079557
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Taylor is a novelist, memoirist, short-story writer, poet, critic and lecturer. He is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012). His poetry collection, provisionally entitled Musicolepsy, will be published by Shoestring Press in early 2013. His collection of short stories, Kontakte and Other Stories, will be published by Roman Books in late 2013.

Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University. He is co-founder and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators. He is General Editor of Hearing Voices Magazine and the Crystal Pamphlets series. With Maria Taylor, he is co-editor of Fizzle & Sizzle (Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, 2008).

Jonathan's academic books are Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003), and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic, 2007). With Andrew Dix, he is co-editor of Figures of Heresy (Sussex Academic, 2005).

Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Jonathan now lives in Leicestershire, UK, with his wife the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters.

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*'Very moving and beautifully written' - John Bayley *'A brave and unsentimental book' - Diana Athill

About the Author

Jonathan Taylor is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University. He was born in 1973. This is his first book, from which an extract was published in Granta magazine in autumn 2006 (Granta 95, Loved Ones).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... 19 Sep 2007
When I finished this novel, I put it down and thought: 'perfect'. Indeed, the story is a sad one; but also humerous, educational and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Jonathan Taylor has achieved a careful balance in his plot, and although he really goes into the nitty gritty of such a cruel and common disease, the book is far from depressing. He develops the plot and characters so as to entwine his reader with them, bringing them into the story - which makes this book a really satisfying read. Despite describing his fathers medical decline, by doing so the author resurrects the memories of what a loving and proud man his father was, and how awful degenerative diseases such as Alzeimers and Parkinsons are.
Unpretentious, amusing and emotional - for anyone that enjoyed John Diamond's 'C: Because Cowards get Cancer too' and Blake Morrisson's 'And When Did You last See your Father?' - this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING AND AMUSING 25 Sep 2007
This book is beautifully written by a loving son. It is a moving account of the authors life and relationship with his father who started suffering from Parkinsons's disease whilst the author was still a child. Taylor combines amusing anecdotes with his memories in such a smooth and accessible style that sometimes one has to remind oneself that this is a true story. There is no chance of the cardiganisation of JT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very witty and poignant 19 July 2007
Jonathan Taylor is able to look back on the years spent caring for his ill father with a very witty and humourous retrospective. He tries to find some answers to the questions his father is unable to answer about his past, his family. But it's the way the author is able to paint vivid pictures about holidays with his family and life at home as Parkinson's takes hold of his father enabling you to feel the frustrations and bewildement suffered that really takes hold of the reader in a way that few authors can, and it is for that I have given this the full five stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled and confused 11 April 2014
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For me this book never came together. It's not clear to me what the author wanted to say that made him feel justified in exposing his father's most private secrets and frailties.
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