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Forever Today by Deborah Wearing
  

Forever Today

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The story of a musician and music producer who got a virus that destroyed the memory part of his brain. His wife, the author, campaigned to try to find a cure, left him to start her life afresh and then found she could not live without him. It’s quite a story.

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Forever Today by Deborah Wearing

Clive Wearing has one of the most extreme cases of amnesia ever known. In 1985, a virus completely destroyed a part of his brain essential for memory, leaving him trapped in a limbo of the constant present. Every conscious moment is for him as if he has just come round from a long coma, an endlessly repeating loop of awakening. A brilliant conductor and BBC music producer, Clive was at the height of his success when the illness struck. As damaged as Clive was, the musical part of his brain seemed unaffected, as was his passionate love for Deborah, his wife.

For seven years he was kept in the London hospital where the ambulance first dropped him off, because there was nowhere else for him to go. Deborah desperately searched for treatments and campaigned for better care. After Clive was finally established in a new special hospital, she fled to America to start her life over again. But when she tried to build new relationships, she found she could never love another the way she loved Clive. Then, in their regular transatlantic phone calls, she noticed Clive’s memory unaccountably beginning to improve, ten years after the illness first struck. She returned to England. Today, although Clive still lives in care, and still has the worst case of amnesia in the world, he continues to improve. They renewed their marriage vows in 2002.

This is the story of a life lived outside time, a story that questions and redefines the essence of what it means to be human. It is also the story of a marriage, of a bond that runs deeper than conscious thought.


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'I had the privilege of filming a documentary about Deborah and Clive and like the rest of the crew I was immediately struck with the extraordinary patience and affection with which Deborah dealt with this appalling ordeal. In Forever Today she takes us further than ever into this remarkable experience'
Jonathan Miller

'An extraordinary story of constancy in love, and Deborah Wearing tells in brilliantly.'
Evening Standard

'Deeply extraordinary and moving.'
Oliver Sacks

About the Author

Deborah Wearing
Deborah Wearing is a former head of PR at the John Lewis Partnership. She campaigned for ten years for special medical services for brain injury patients and founded a national charity, the Amnesia Association. She now combines writing with working as an administrator for the NHS.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th September 2005

Author

Deborah Wearing

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback (b Format)
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
eBook Favourites

Romance

ISBN

9780552771696

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