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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WHICH SPARKED A NATIONWIDE DEBATE ON DEMENTIA AND HAS GIVEN VOICE TO THOUSANDS AROUND THE COUNTRY
Scottish broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson, cared with her two sisters for her mother, Mamie, during her long struggle with dementia, until her death in 2012.
This moving and honest account of losing a loved one day by day to an insidious disease is both deeply personal and a challenging call to arms.
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This book began as an attempt to hold on to my witty, storytelling mother with the one thing I had to hand. Words. Then, as the enormity of the social crisis my family was part of began to dawn, I wrote with the thought that other forgotten lives might be nudged into the light along with hers.
Dementia is one of the greatest social, medical, economic, scientific, philosophical and moral challenges of our times.
I am a reporter.
It became the biggest story of my life.
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Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson’s whole life was a celebration of words – words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, they had five children of whom Sally is the eldest.
As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs and joys that she and her sisters experienced while accompanying their beloved mother on the long dementia road, Sally Magnusson seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people and what it means to be human.
An extraordinary memoir and manifesto in one searingly beautiful narrative.
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PRAISE FOR WHERE MEMORIES GO
‘This book is the constant, tenuous but vital reconnection between a child and its mother… A fine book’ A.A. Gill, The Sunday Times
‘This is a book written with a rare combination of analytical inquiry and intimate, deeply moving memoir’ Scotsman
‘wonderful… It should be compulsory reading for every doctor and nurse’ Telegraph
‘Moving’ The Times
‘Sally Magnusson set out to write a book about dementia and in this she has succeeded wonderfully. But Where Memories Go is also – perhaps primarily – a book about love’ Mail on Sunday
‘This is an extraordinarily moving memoir which is, at the same time, a fascinating exploration of a condition that touches virtually every family. This book will help our understanding’ Alexander McCall Smith
‘I was bowled over by this book. Intensely moving and inspiring, it is as much about living, laughing and family life as it is about loss and death’ Joanna Lumley
‘A brave story of a family’s love for their mother, told with affection, steadfastness and humour – and a cool-headed battle-cry to do more and better’ Sarah Brown, global campaigner for Health and Education
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A SELECTION OF READERS’ COMMENTS
‘So much of what I read in this amazing account of dementia reminded me of my own mum’s story as she too battled the disease… Your
story has been therapy for our story’ Nicky
‘Where Memories Go should be compulsory reading for all who work with people with dementia, be they doctors, social workers or care workers. It could revolutionise care’ Richard
‘I am a care worker and continually see the struggles that families go through to ensure that their loved one is safe and happy and cared for. I believe everyone in the healthcare sector needs to read this moving and emotive story… I will be encouraging others to read your tale. Thank you’ Emma
‘Having held the hands of my husband and dad for a little part of their journeys through this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart – first of all for having the courage to tell your experiences and second for speaking out to highlight how we as a nation and society need to address the issue’ Christine
‘I think this book explains dementia on such a human levelthat anyone can understand it and relate to it. I am about to start a new job as a Dementia and Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialist and will definitely be recommending Where Memories Go’ Anne
A journalist and broadcaster herself, she has been a BBC news and current affairs presenter for many years. She is the recipient of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for writing 2014 and was shortlisted for the Saltire Literary Book of the Year award for Where Memories Go. Sally is currently working on her first novel due for publication in 2018.
She is the author of six other works of non-fiction and three children’s books.
Find out more about Sally’s charity Playlist For Life.