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remarkable and memorable memoir of the illness and death of the author's husband
on 22 December 2014
This book, in four parts, charts the stages in the illness and finally death of the author's husband from a brain tumour. As the illness takes its course, the young son the couple, around one year old when the diagnosis comes in, and around three and a half years old at the time of his father's death, learns to speak and interpret the world as his father loses his capacities - but not his capacities for relationships, or for a long time his ability to work and earn the money on which the family predominantly lives, or above all his being himself.
The author and her husband have an indomitable spirit to keep their relationship and the family alive in the midst of his medical deterioration and the difficulties of treatment - something that comes more and more to the fore as the book progresses and the reader becomes more and more involved with their struggle.