The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman


You know the books you can't stop thinking about, days, weeks after you've read the last page? 

The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman is one of those books. 

I knew it was going to be sad but wasn't prepared for how upset I'd be. 

The story is based around Claire. She has two children - Caitlin, 20 and Esther, three. She's married to a gorgeous younger man and works as an English teacher. 

Her life is pretty good. Then she's diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and life as she knows it will never be the same again. 

As her memory fades, Claire, and her family, write funny, sad, poignant stories in a book. For Claire, the book is all she has left of her memories…

This book is heartbreaking as all the members of the family have to say goodbye to the Claire they knew. But it also has it's funny moments too. Rowan Coleman did an amazing job at writing such an amazingly sensitive book about such a huge issue. 

I'm not going to say much more. I don't want to spoil it. But I will say, get a box of tissues. You'll need them. 

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