Somebody I Used to Know

Wendy Mitchell
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Brave, illuminating and inspiring, Somebody I Used to Know is the first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia.
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What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you?

When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of fifty-eight, Wendy Mitchell was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone.

Philosophical, profoundly moving, insightful and ultimately full of hope, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. A phenomenal memoir - the first of its kind - it is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.

Customer reviews

Vey moving, i left the book feeling like i had made a new friend, so well written. Review by Sarah
Just written from the heart, everyone should read this. Thank-you Wendy for giving us such an honest, moving insight into your world. Keep up the fight, you are an inspiration and put us most of us to shame. You show us how we can conquer anything if we make an effort. Thank-you. (Posted on 08/03/2018)

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Additional Info

ISBN 9781408893364
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Format Hardback
Publication date 1 Feb 2018

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