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Title: Remind Me Who I Am Again Audio Cassette – 2000

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Clipper Audio (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841970735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841970738
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool on 15 February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She was educated at the Belvedere School (GDST), read English at the University of York, completed an M.A. in English at MacMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and did further post-graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, where she lived from 1977 to 1984.

Her first book, Sexing the Millennium: A Political History of the Sexual Revolution was published in 1993. Her first novel, The Cast Iron Shore, published in 1996, won the David Higham First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Remind Me Who I am Again, an account of her mother's decline into dementia and the role that memory plays in creating family history, was published in 1998 and won the MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year award and the Age Concern Book of the Year award. Her second novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, set in Tel Aviv in the last years of the British Mandate, published in March 2000, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Prize and the Encore Prize. Her novel, Still Here, published in 2002, was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her non-fiction work, The People On The Street: A Writer's View of Israel, published in 2006, won the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage. Her Booker Prize shortlisted novel, The Clothes On Their Backs, was published in February 2008. Linda's most recent book, The Thoughful Dresser was published in March 2009.

She has written a radio play, Paul and Yolande, which was broadcast on Radio 4 in October 2006, and a short story, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, part of a week of stories by Liverpool writers commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, broadcast in July 2007.

She has also contributed to various collections of essays. Her work is translated into French, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Chinese.


The Clothes On Their Backs Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008
Winner South Bank Show Award

The People on the Street:
A Writer's View of Israel Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage

When I Lived in Modern Times Winner, Orange Prize for Fiction 2000

Shorlisted: Jewish Quarterly Prize

Encore Prize

Remind Me Who I Am, Again Mind Book of the Year 1999

Age Concern Book of the Year 1999

The Cast Iron Shore David Higham First Novel Prize

Shortlisted Guardian Fiction Prize

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 26 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written book, exploring the consequences of loss - the gradual loss of memory because of illness, the loss of time, of the past, of meaning. Linda Grant's mother had a particular form of dementia - Multi-Infarct Dementia - but this is a book which will have a meaning for anyone touched by Alzheimer's.
This is an exercise in archaeology - in taking people for granted, in wanting to be a teenager, to become an adult in your own right, to escape from your parents. It's only when you lose them you begin to ask the questions you wish had recognised while they were around. Roots. Identity. Where did the family come from, what was their history, how did they cope, how did they live?
Linda Grant's family were immigrants, fleeing from oppression in 19th century Europe. They reached England by accident or design, some on forged documents. They changed their names. Those who remained behind were consumed by the Holocaust. By the time Linda Grant began speculating on her roots, only her mother was left ... and her mother's memories were colander secure ... they were leaking away.
It is a sense of loss to which I can relate: I'm illegitimate; I lost half my roots before I was born. My mother died suddenly - no wasting disease for her. But I'd never talked to her, asked her the sorts of questions I wish I had. How many of us do ask the questions? How many of us do take the time to inquire, to treat our parents' and grandparents' lives and histories as significant?
Linda Grant, and countless thousands of others, have to endure watching a loved one ebb away. It's as if they fade, become invisible.
This is a book on which you can hang your heart and emotions. It is never clawingly sentimental. It does not explore the practicalities of coping.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Why is this book such a success? whether one is interested in dementia or not, families and this one in particular, there is something right about this book. So seemingly effortless is it's fluency, it's grasp of detail, that the impression given is not so much of partial human artifact and all the artifices associated with it, but of self-authentication and integrity. there is little or no ingratiating embellishment so easy when matters of deep emotion are being dealt with.
Scenes recalling the homes for the elderly, old childhood haunts, childhood routes through cities, all these, just ARE, manifest in the present tense of her writing.
No rancour or bitterness for the way things are with an ill and difficult mother, but a calm recognition of our own histories as determining ourselves, the rotten bits included.
Never have i read a book so calm, yet so full of lively recall not shamefully damaging nor confessional and there are enough of those sorts of books. a truely fascinating retelling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dittoquote on 12 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic read - I had already started reading a library edition when I realised that this is one of those books that I wanted to be able to share with others and to hold on to for years to come. So much is contained within the book that is relevant to our own lives - but is also an interesting and honest portrayal of the author's experiences. Well worth reading for anyone who has a family member with dementia and/or mental health issues and to know that you are not alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Barcellos on 5 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this really helpful as I was struggling with understanding the state of mind of a close relation. It doesn't give any answers, only insights, but helps one to realise that the changes in a loved one are not personal and idiosyncratic but are recognisable symptoms of a medical condition. Well written and very readable
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By Terry D TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2013
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When I reviewed another of Linda Grant's books (When I Lived in Modern Times) I felt the storyline frequently drifted, occasionally quite seriously, from the underlying theme. Nevertheless I was sufficiently impressed to give the book a five star rating - and to download a copy of 'Remind Me Who I Am, Again'.

Three years ago my wife was diagnosed with dementia and I was hopeful that Linda Grant's book would, in telling her mother's story, give me a further insight into dementia and how another family handled the many problems it produces.

Dementia manifests itself in many forms and, in the case of Linda's mother, allowed her to live in her own flat, several hundred miles from Linda and her sister, for a relatively long period. Their frequent telephone conversations were relatively coherent but frequently tend to be highly acerbic. That form of dementia is significantly different to the one I, and my wife's highly experienced carer, are now experiencing.

Linda's book spends, in my view unfortunately, many, many pages delving into the genealogical structure of the family and how her mother remembers - or confuses - their relatives.

Linda Grant has earned the number of awards for both her fiction and non-fiction writing including an award from Age Concern. This latter award I find slightly surprising for, although the book gives a certain insight into the issues of dementia, it has a very narrow focus and is highly influenced by the family's strong Jewish background.
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