is our THE LITTLE GIRL IN THE RADIATOR, by Martin Slevin.
It doesn’t sound a massively promising set-up, being the story of how – in early middle age – Martin has just gone through a difficult divorce and has had to move back in to his childhood home, a bungalow in Coventry, with his mum.
And she has Alzheimer’s.
But I promise you it will make you laugh and weep, often at the same time – especially if you have a relative with this terrible and distressing condition.
It’s won a number of awards, has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, and has just been featured in Living With Dementia magazine, the official magazine of the Alzheimer’s Society.
The magazine asked for comments from readers. Here are a few of the best:
‘I’ve finished the book in a day. It’s utterly absorbing, funny, heart-breaking and recognisable.’
‘I defy you not to laugh out loud or be reduced to tears while reading it.’
‘Where this book differs is that it beautifully illustrates how funny, beautiful and heart-expanding living with dementia can be too.’
‘This book is certainly the best one I’ve read on the subject of dementia.’
‘His mum used to talk to a little girl trapped in her radiator – when she moved to a care home, it moved with her… It took him years to understand that the little girl was his mum in younger years, helplessly trapped in a situation she did not understand.’