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Large print:Elizabeth is missing:2014 Large print
Author: Healey, Emma
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: ISIS
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. General adult
368 pages (large print) (hbk)
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Camberley Library Morning Reading Group. The book is an accurate, and often depressing, portrayal of dementia AND THUS WE WOULD ADVISE CAUTION BEFORE READING/RECOMMENDING/GIFTING IT. However we feel the book should be essential reading for all professional carers, and those who are dismissive of sufferers. It is a crime novel reminiscent of Mike Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ (but less endearing). Only 275 pages long, it is a small, page-turning, masterpiece. The unreliable narrator is Maud, an 82-year-old with dementia. She is trying to make sense of both her childhood and the present day, in order to solve two mysteries. As the story unfolds, her condition deteriorates and as such it is deliberately misleading. How much does Maud know? Was she involved? Should her ramblings be taken seriously? The novel has flaws including unrealistic events and romanticism of the protagonist, but as with most fiction you have to suspend belief so we overlooked these
02/11/15
shereads
Surrey Live
1471266885
Talking book - CD:Elizabeth is missing:2014 Talking book - CD
Author: Healey, Emma
Narrator: Bentinck, Anna
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. General adult
10 CDs (690 min.) (CDs)
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"Mum, you don't live here, anymore." At times, “Elizabeth is Missing” is almost an unbearable read, to the extent that the plot, which is so often the source of tension in fiction, in this novel offers some relief from the sheer going-on of daily life and the almost unremitting mental deterioration of Maud Horsham, the main character and narrator. Maud, in her early eighties, has what looks like mid-stage Alzheimer’s Disease and is increasingly troubled by – as she sees it – the disappearance of her friend, Elizabeth, a disappearance that is very closely associated for Maud with the disappearance when she was a girl in post-Second World War England of Suki, her older sister. While not rivaling an Agatha Christie narrator who turns out to be the murderer, Maud’s account of her search for Elizabeth is frequently but not always unreliable. She makes notes but these are a painful parody of a detective’s notes because they add to her confusion and make even sharper the contrast with Mau
19/12/15
douglast
Bromleybc
0241003504
Hardback:Elizabeth is missing:2014 Hardback
Author: Healey, Emma
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (hbk)
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This book generated a lot of discussion not least because many of our group are older. We found it interesting and felt sadness at the heroine's circumstances. We liked the way the author kept her family at a distance while she had memory problems, as an example of the isolation people with dementia etc suffer from. The murder element of the story became exciting as the story developed. The author's technique was clever as she drew you into the isolation of her own private world.
24/11/18
SF Afternoon Browsers
Bedford
0241968186
Paperback:Elizabeth is missing:2015 Paperback
Author: Healey, Emma
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. General adult
274 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Recommended. An interesting view of how Alzheimer's affects short term memory and family relationships. Funny and sad at the same time.
02/06/16
JDH
Staffordshire
1444823795
Large print:A song for Issy Bradley:2015 Large print
Author: Bray, Carys
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Windmill Books, 2014 Sometimes however much you love someone, you can't understand them. Ian used to think that his life had been disappointingly easy, compared to the pioneers. He had a happy marriage, four children, a satisfactory job and, for just over a year, he has served the church in his role as Bishop of the local congregation, an enormous responsibility. And then Issy died. Now his wife, Claire, won't get out of their dead daughter's bottom bunk and she won't speak. General adult
448 pages (large print) (hbk)
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0091954371
Hardback:A song for Issy Bradley:2014 Hardback
Author: Bray, Carys
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sometimes however much you love someone, you can't understand them. Ian used to think that his life had been disappointingly easy, compared to the pioneers. He had a happy marriage, four children, a satisfactory job and, for just over a year, he has served the church in his role as Bishop of the local congregation, an enormous responsibility. And then Issy died. Now his wife, Claire, won't get out of their dead daughter's bottom bunk and she won't speak. General adult
399 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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I was so frustrated with this book and struggled understand all the rave reviews. I know I should respect other people's religion but Ian's unshakeable faith to the point where he puts religious meetings before his own family, the mental bullying to make zippy accompany her mum to the mortuary when she clearly didn't want to, of Al to go and clean the church, he made me so cross and irritated. This wasn't for me, with respect and apologies to everyone who loved it only a two star.
05/11/15
scottcarol
Telford
0099591871
Paperback:A song for Issy Bradley:2015 Paperback
Author: Bray, Carys
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sometimes however much you love someone, you can't understand them. Ian used to think that his life had been disappointingly easy, compared to the pioneers. He had a happy marriage, four children, a satisfactory job and, for just over a year, he has served the church in his role as Bishop of the local congregation, an enormous responsibility. And then Issy died. Now his wife, Claire, won't get out of their dead daughter's bottom bunk and she won't speak. General adult
399 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241003938
Hardback:Our endless numbered days:2015 Hardback
Author: Fuller, Claire
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Fig Tree
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of 'The Railway Children' and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is everything. She is not seen again for another nine years. General adult
291 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0241003946
Paperback:Our endless numbered days:2016 Paperback
Author: Fuller, Claire
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles 1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of 'The Railway Children' and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is everything. She is not seen again for another nine years. General adult
291 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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