Keeper: Living with Nancy

Keeper: Living with Nancy

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Andrea Gillies

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  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 283 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 26mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 7 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906021651
  • ISBN 13: 9781906021658
  • Sales rank: 302,929

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When her mother-in-law, Nancy, was diagnosed with Alzheimers, Andrea Gillies made the decision to care for her full time. 'Keeper' is the result of this - a frank, moving and utterly gripping account of Alzheimers and its impact on one family.

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By The Orwell Prize 26 May 2010 5

'In this account of caring for her mother-in-law, Andrea Gillies avoids all the pitfalls of the misery memoir. It's a vivid, honest, perceptive first hand report but more than that, an exploration of the role of memory in identity. At times, shocking, funny, informative and provocative, it is undoubtedly a compelling read. Never depressing yet with challenging insights into old age and senility, it raises sharp questions about the caring for those growing numbers who can no longer be independent. It is a profound contemplation through science, political critique and deeply felt emotion of one of the looming problems of the 21st Century.'

The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing. The Book Prize judges for 2010 were Jonathan Heawood (director, English PEN), Andrew Holgate (literary editor, Sunday Times) and Francine Stock (writer and broadcaster).

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"Forthright, smartly researched, and warmly recounted...Gillies writes with a novelist's eye for detail, and her unflinching rendering of Nancy's excruciating loss of self is skillfully and tenderly drawn...An invaluable resource." - "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "With an economy of expression, an eye for detail and a storyteller's knack for dialogue, Gillies charts Nancy's terrible course from doddering to vicious and her own decline into caregiver dementia...An unvarnished cautionary tale." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "The key to Gillies' personal strength resides in the numerous literary and philosophical observations she frequently quotes and from which she draws inspiration in this awesome chronicle." --"Booklist "(starred review) Praise from Abroad for KEEPER "This is one of the most moving and important books that I have read on Alzheimer's." -- John Bayley, Author of "Elgy for Iris" "Overflows with history, literature...[a] co