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Mapperton Moments by John Montagu

Mapperton Moments

John Montagu

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Imprint: Skyscraper Publications
Publisher: Skyscraper Publications
Publication date: 23 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781911072393

A bittersweet account of a declining mind and a rambling country estate

4 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
14 Nov 2019

"For a detailed chronicling of the daily-worsening realities of sharing a house with a relative who has Alzheimer's, these diaries could hardly be bettered"

For a detailed chronicling of the daily-worsening realities of sharing a house with a relative who has Alzheimer's, these diaries could hardly be bettered. As I read them I felt, along with John, affection for the old man diminishing to fury brought on by sheer exhaustion. Hinch's decline starts gently with a bit of absent-minded behaviour, such as pressing the gramophone needle into a record to try to turn up the volume. He starts forgetting names and fretting about small things. He insists on wearing a jersey and tweed jacket in a heatwave. A few months later, he's found shivering in an empty bath.

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