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Up the Creek Without a Tadpole

by Gillian Griffith

The letters Gillian Griffith wrote to her elderly, demented mother were never intended to be read – they were simply Gillian’s way of dealing with her own anger and guilt towards her high-handed, infuriating and impossibly challenging mother. To Gillian’s own surprise, “as the words bounced back at me off the page, magic happened”. The letters began to morph into a book, and the writing of it gradually released Gillian from her mother’s influence. The result is a powerful, touching, uplifting and often very funny account of one woman’s emotional and practical battle with the chaos caused by dementia.

This book (the title comes from a small piece of nonsense spoken by Gillian’s mother) brings a new insight into the effects of dementia on those caught up in it. It will make a valuable and original contribution to the debate on dementia care.

“Dementia drops like a pebble into the pond of family life, and its ripples spread out in ever-increasing circles of devastation.”

Published: December 2014
Pages: 136
ISBN: 978-1-86151-376-2
Size: 203 x 127
Price: £12.99
Format: Paperback

Available to buy at:
Barnes and Noble, Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon.com, WH Smiths, Google Books