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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing book, 6 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Falling and Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins (Hardcover)
Grace Maxwell is the long term partner of musician Edwyn Collins, best known for his song, 'A Girl Like You', which was a massive world wide hit. As Maxwell points out in this memoir, they were to praise the time this song made them financially comfortable, for finding Collins one day, collapsed on the floor of their home, having suffered an enormous stroke, and then nursing him through another one and MRSA, they were going to need the money.

And this is the strength of Maxwell's writing. She tells it like it is. This is a funny, frank, sentimental, sad and joyous read about the reality of the months and years needed to help rebuild a family's life after it has been ripped apart by such a devastating illness. Collins was left partially paraylsed with very little memory and unable to do very much of anything. The story shows how Grace, Edwyn and their family fought hard to create a new reality and amazingly get him back to the point where he could appear on stage again.

A truly inspiring read. I ate this book in a day. I genuinely could not put it down.
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