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  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141987682
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $22.99

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love




A moving and inspiring book that explores the meaning of the West's most deadly illness and offers us new ways to understand and speak about it

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of What Dementia Teaches Us About Love written and read by Nicci Gerrard.

Dementia is an unmaking, a de-creation - an apocalypse of meaning. Since my father's slow-motion dying, and his actual death in November 2014, I have been much preoccupied with dementia: by those who have it, by those who look after them, by the hospital wards whose beds are occupied by those in advanced stages of this self-loss, by the way society denies it, by the science of it, the art and literature about it, the philosophy, by what it means to be human, to have an identity. What is it to be oneself, and what is it to lose one's self. Who are we when we are not ourselves, and where do we go?

This is a book about dementia - not a personal account, but an exploration, structured around this radically-slowed death. Full of people's stories, both sad and optimistic, it is a journey into the dusk and then the darkness - and then out on to the other side, where, once someone is dead, a life can be seen whole again.

  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141987682
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Nicci Gerrard

Nicci Gerrard writes for the Observer and is the co-author, with Susan French, of the bestselling Nicci French thrillers. She lives in Suffolk with her husband and four children. Her first solo novel, Things We Knew Were True, was published by Penguin in 2003 and received rave reviews. This is her second novel.

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