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Welcome to Day 6 of our #Road2Christmas campaign!

This book needs no introduction. A beautiful, inspiring, moving account of living with someone with dementia, Where Memories Go is a book we’re particularly proud of. It’s also the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.
Find out more here on our website.
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Every day we’ll share a piece of festive news to keep you going in these cold, dark, often madly-busy pre-Christmas days, may that be a list of our favourite books from 2014 or authors and ideas we’re excited to be publishing in the new year; or even our authors and colleagues’ favourite holiday reads.

Visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks) and follow us on Twitter (Lisa as @TwoRoadsBooks, Fede as @Due_Strade) to get involved!

Piles of books waiting to be signed

Nothing better than an author visit on a Friday morning! Armed with pens and Honey & Co. cake, the always delightful Kirsty Wark came in the office today to sign copies of the paperback edition of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE, her debut novel.

Look out for the book, published on 9th October, and stay tuned for more news: who knows, we might even give away a few signed copies very soon…

For more information on Kirsty and her writing, visit our book page here.


The Two Roads team and Kirsty, acting all shy (as if!)

We know it’s you, Kirsty!

Happy author with beautiful book
















Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementiaLisa is travelling around Scotland this week, and paid a visit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to attend Sally Magnusson‘s event. Here’s her take:

Last night I attended Sally Magnusson‘s event at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Although I have read Sally’s book countless times and been to many many events, there was a particular magic to this one. Was it the rain drumming on the tent roof, the rapt attention of almost six hundred people, the expressive interpretation of the signer standing alongside or the magic of Sally’s words as she conducted us through her experience? All of the above of course.

As Sally spoke to each and every person in the quiet and patient signing queue for over an hour afterwards, the magic continued. Every person had something personal to share, something unique and yet universal. Where Memories Go has touched so many lives because dementia touches so many. As Sally says ‘ this is my story but it could be anybody’s’.

But last night, as Jim Naughtie and the Edinburgh Festival sound director said, ‘Wow, that was something …’

See a few pictures taken by Lisa below. Well done, Sally!

Find out more about Where Memories Go: why dementia changes everything here.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia








Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia










Susan Spencer-Wendel, extraordinary woman and author of Until I Say Good-Bye, passed away yesterday morning after a long battle against ALS.

Here’s a message from her family, posted on Susan’s Facebook page:

‘Susan Spencer-Wendel passed away peacefully this morning at home. Her family is grateful for the love and support of her many friends and fans. Although she was not always

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Visit Susan’s page here: facebook.com/UntilISayGoodbye


A note from Lisa, Two Roads Publisher

It was an absolute privilege to meet Susan and work with her on her amazing book. She was one of the most joyful and honest people I have ever met, with an enormous sense of fun and an utterly beautiful smile.

Susan was completely thrilled by what was happening with her book worldwide and so interested in

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Our thoughts go out to her wonderful husband and family at this time.

There’s nothing better on a rainy, cold, gloomy day than running around a muddy field in Wales.

Seriously, there isn’t, especially if that field in Wales belongs to the charming little village of Hay-on-Wye. That’s where one of the two roads was, accompanying our author Kirsty Wark while she was on duty at the Hay Literary Festival. If you’ve never been, we definitely recommend it: ten days packed with author events, book signings and lots of other bookish activities (the festival is perfect for children too!)… seriously, what’s not to like?

Kirsty was in conversation with Sarah Compton of the Daily Telegraph, talking about her novel The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, her career at the BBC and her latest documentary about sexism, Blurred Lines. She then did a quick live interview for BBC Radio 6 with Radcliffe & Maconie (listen here) and finally chaired an author event with Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding.

Take a look below…

Welcome to Hay!










Kirsty with Sarah Compton 













Kirsty with Radcliffe & Maconie of BBC 6
























Today we publish Where Memories Go, the terrific new memoir by Sally Magnusson about her mother and her struggle with dementia.

The publicity around the book has been phenomenal with an extract in the Guardian, an interview in the Telegraph, reviews in The Sunday Times and Metro, and other mentions or features in The Sunday Post, Radio Times and Psychologies. Sally also appeared on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4 Midweek, and contributed to a live webchat on Mumsnet.

More press is still to

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come and we have a full schedule of events lined up: visit Facebook/WhereMemoriesGo to find out more.

And if you have a story about how dementia has touched your life that you’d like to share, drop us a line at wherememoriesgo@gmail.com.

Sally Magnusson WHERE MEMORIES GO pub date

Last weekend the Guardian published an extract from Where Memories Go, the forthcoming memoir by Sally Magnusson about her mother’s dementia. It immediately generated a lot of discussion, was shared on Facebook over 4000 times and retweeted hundreds of times. We have also received an amazing amount of feedback on the book’s Facebook page and on our other social media channels.

On Tuesday one of Fede’s Instagram followers from the US, Michael Lombardo, got in touch with him after seeing a video about the book on the app and reading the extract: he immediately pre-ordered a copy of the book and wrote to share his family’s experience of dementia. He inspired us to reach out to those people whose life has been changed by this sad disease, so if you have a story you’d like to share email us at wherememoriesgo@gmail.com. We’ve asked Michael to share his story and he very kindly agreed:

Our Mother is 92 and we feel quite fortunate that she was very sharp until a few years ago. We are also lucky that we have full time, very capable, live-in help and Mom is able to stay in the home she has lived in for 40 years.

Her memories are so jumbled now: she’s quite clear on her childhood, but now she sometimes refers to my sister as my aunt and so on. She often asks “Why did you move my house here?”

Mom was (and is) such a beautiful, intelligent, vibrant woman, always smiling and charming, curious about the world. She was a Navy WAVE in WW2, met my father while serving and was married over 60 years. She still recognizes everyone close to her, but we all know those days are numbered. Her personality hasn’t changed, she’s still sweet and kind and on “good days” has a fairly decent grasp of the world around her.

My family cherishes the good days with her and we have some wonderful laughs with all her childhood memories we are now learning of. One day, I was driving with her and she sang me the most beautiful song her sister used to sing to her when she was a little girl, she knew it word for word even though it happened 87 years ago. I could barely keep the car on the road I was so choked up.

My sister and I look forward to your book and gaining some first hand insight, we both know the toughest days are ahead.’

Michael Lombardo (New Jersey, USA)



No Two Roads Christmas would be complete without our authors’ words, which is why, as part of our festive celebrations, we bring you some of our writers’ favourite Christmas memories.

This is a photograph of my mother, Mamie (on the right), and my mother-in-law, Muriel, at one of our Christmas Eve family celebrations. Disappearing off the picture to the right is a teenage son who had got hold of a Santa Claus outfit that year from somewhere and insisted on wearing it. The great thing about Christmas is that it’s a celebration for

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all the generations and I love the affection between the two matriarchs here, and their lovely smiles.

Sally Magnusson’s memoir, Where Memories Go, about her mother and dementia, is published in January 2014 and will be a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Find out more on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhereMemoriesGo

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Where Memories Go Sally Magnusson Magnus Magnusson dementia Alzheimer'sWhere Memories Go, the brilliant and moving account of how Scottish broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson and her family cared for her mother Mamie during her long struggle with dementia, comes out in February 2014.

With Sally’s help we have created a Facebook page for the book. Our aim is to make it the place to find out more about Sally, her mother and the book; but also a forum for people who are affected, directly or indirectly, by dementia. The page is already up and running and we would be very grateful if you could take a look, like it and share it with your friends: Facebook.com/WhereMemoriesGo

A little more info on the book…

Where Memories Go Sally Magnusson Magnus Magnusson dementia Alzheimer'sRegarded 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

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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 for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally Magnusson seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people, how we can face one of the greatest social, medical, economic and moral challenges of our times, and what it means to be human.


Guest Blogger: Ashley Dartnell, author of Farangi Girl

Ashley Dartnell at Albany, Farangi Girl

Ashley signs a copy of Farangi Girl at Albany

The evening I look forward to most each month is my book group, because it combines some of the things I love most in the world: wonderful friends, great conversation, lovely food and, of course, books.  This autumn, I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of book groups each week to talk about Farangi Girl. What I have found is that my book group is no exception—all of them are magical.  All over London, in Suffolk, and the Cotswolds I have been welcomed by book lovers who have read Farangi Girl. And when I say read, I mean pored over, memorised, re-read, analysed, studied—and loved.  Which, I am grateful to say, has been absolutely amazing. continue reading »

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