Looking for Lionel

Dementia is an illness that touches more and more of us, I think. As the population of Australia ages, and as we live for longer and longer, too many of us have a direct experience of dealing with loved ones suffering from this terrible problem. My beloved grandmother died two years ago as a result of her dementia, and I am interested to read Sharon Snir's new book, which promises to be an intimate (and, I imagine, familiar to many) portrait of the unbelievable pain of re-negotiating a relationship with a dementia-afflicted parent.

I am speaking to Sharon at the Inspirational Conversation at Ultimo Library in September 2013. Do come along and hear her:

Wednesday 25 September, 2013
Ultimo Library
Book online or call 9298 3100

Free Event

Looking for Lionel
How I lost and found my mother through dementia

Sharon Snir

A seeringly honest yet inspirational memoir of how dementia changed a family in ways they never could have imagined.
'Looking for Lionel is a personal story. It is a story of how dementia crept into my family unannounced and left us struggling to hold on to a life that appeared to be slipping away from us like a balloon slipping out of a child's hand. It is a story of fear and courage, shame and pride, sorrow and joy. It is a story of paradox, where the least capable person in our family was, for a time, calling all the shots. It is a story of how our lives changed in ways we never could have imagined.'
Looking for Lionel is a warm, insightful memoir about how dementia entered Sharon Snir's family and left them struggling with fear and sorrow. As Sharon shares her inspirational story, she invites you into her world of laughter and tears. Written for family and friends of those with the disease, it helps readers regain their courage and find the joys of relating in the here and now.

Reader review

"To write about dementia and to make it sound manageable and even joyful (given certain attitudes and behaviours on the part of carers) is one of those skills not readily available to your average writer. But Sharon Snir has it in spades. ... I found Sharon's story moving in the extreme, written with the tenderness, love and insight that lesser mortals such as I can only aspire to." - Alan Wheatley, VIC

ISBN: 9781741759518
Price (inc. GST) $29.99
Format Paperback
Number of Pages 208

Publisher Allen & Unwin


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