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Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself Hardcover – 2 Jul 2007


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079557
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Rose on 19 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BYRON on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Robinson on 19 July 2007
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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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By User201202 on 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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