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Marianne Talbot left school at 15. She is now Director of Studies in philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, where she specialises in ethics and the philosophy of mind. Marianne cared for both her parents from a distance for 9 years before bringing her mum to live with her. She enjoys swimming, cycling, reading detective novels and going out with friends. A donation of 5 per cent of the author's profits from sales of the book will go to Alzheimer's Research UK.
April 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Few people are left untouched by Dementia – as sufferer, carer, friend, child or relation, all of us need to understand this curse of an illness. Adapted from her blog for Saga magazine, Marianne Talbot’s short pieces see her grappling with medical care, trying to sort out funding and fees, trying desperately to give her mother the care she deserves until their relationship fragments under the strain of her Mother’s Alzheimer’s and a care home the only answer. There are flashes of humour amongst the sadness, there’s anger too at the mish-mash of services on offer, the strain of dealing with the many-headed bureaucratic machine and the pathos of losing a much-loved parent to this living death. Marianne Talbot’s account of caring for her mother is worth more than any book of theory, she’s been there – and had to wash the t-shirt.Like for Like ReadingKeeper: A Book about Memory, Identity, Isolation, Wordsworth and Cake, Andrea GilliesThe Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring: How to Cope with the Emotional and Practical Aspects of Caring for Someone, Hugh Marriott