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My Bonnie : How Dementia Stole the Love of My Life by John Suchet
  

My Bonnie : How Dementia Stole the Love of My Life

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   

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John Suchet conveys the utter devastation of losing his adored wife to dementia. The relentless progression of the dementia is offset with memories of happier times, but gradually the Bonnie that John Suchet knew and loved fades, to Bonnie, now shorn of all but the flicker of memory, he becomes John...Someone. This account is both a tribute to the woman he loved and an outpouring of grief, anger and feelings of loss. One of a growing number of welcome books revealing the heartbreak, the utter exhaustion and mental trauma that is the carer’s lot, exposing too how little help is available to both sufferers and carers.

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My Bonnie : How Dementia Stole the Love of My Life by John Suchet

My Bonnie was the number one bestseller in its category, according to the Sunday Times. Finally, the long awaited paperback edition is published, this time with a poignant new epilogue updating us on Bonnie and John's journey through the illness. The Mail on Sunday calls My Bonnie 'remarkable'; 'an act of living resistance' says the Observer. My Bonnie is a heart-rending and uplifting read, alternating between Bonnie and John's intense love story and the progression of the illness. When he first met Bonnie, John was bowled over by her Grace Kelly-esque poise and radiance. An exotic, and married, American beauty, she seemed beyond his reach. He had no idea, however, that his love was returned; even less suspected that the two of them would one day be together, and that for 26 years, every moment would be intense, perfect, and shared. Described by readers as 'astonishingly honest' and a 'personal, beautiful love story', John's moving account of how his wife, barely past middle age, was diagnosed out of the blue with dementia, a disease usually associated with the elderly, remains full of joy, despite the tragedy. Finally united, their marriage was passionate and anyone could see that John admired and adored Bonnie and that she loved him right back. They looked forward to their golden years when they could finally be with each other without distractions or obstacles. But the bewildering and gradual seizure of Bonnie's mind stole away their hopes of growing old together and made each day a struggle. And yet Bonnie's sense of humour and natural warmth constantly triumphs.

Reviews

'He has written a courageous and valuable book -- one that both throws light into some hitherto curtained corners and honours the life they had together.' John Preston, Daily Mail

'The story of a blissful marriage, cross-cut with a raw commentary on the progress of his wife's disease! It's the exhausted voice of carers everywhere -- exasperation, loss, fear, frustrated love.' Elizabeth Grice, Daily Telegraph

'What is likeable about the memoir is Suchet's lack of a stiff upper lip. He writes about love in the tone of a schoolboy, trying to make sense of an overwhelming crush!the memoir is an act of loving resistance.' Kate Kellaway, The Observer

'Heartfelt, vivid and true' Sunday Times Culture

'The writing is honest and the emotions he has been put through over the last four or five years are ones which many carers will recognise in themselves. However, it is not all gloom, and he intersperses his account with the story of how he fell in love with his wife!if you were to look at the photographs in the book, you might think his life with Bonnie has been one long party.' The Spectator

About the Author

John Suchet is an award-winning British newsreader, television presenter, author and a morning radio show host on Classic FM. Most famous for being a newsreader for ITV News, John worked for the channel for 32 years, between 1972 and 2004. He retired from ITN in 2004, but made a welcome return to TV news in 2006, presenting Five News. In February 2009 John appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about Bonnie's dementia and to raise awareness of the disease and the charities supporting it. He has received a number of awards, notably The Royal Television Society's Lifetime Achievement Award and The Television Newscaster of the Year.

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Publication date

18th August 2011

Author

John Suchet

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www.johnsuchet.co.uk/

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

Memoirs
Coping with illness & specific conditions
Dating, relationships, living together & marriage
AlzheimerÍs & dementia

ISBN

9780007328413

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