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The Waterstones Podcast - Memory

Posted on 3rd March 2020 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

Memory

Memory gives us the chance to speak to three authors who all approach this theme from completely different directions. Eimear McBride takes us to a series of hotel rooms to see what memories they unearth and how they can warp and change over time. Bestselling food writer Meera Sodha shares some of her first food memories and why preserving family recipes is so important. And Nicci Gerard shares her personal experience of her father’s dementia and why it encouraged her to write What Dementia Teaches Us About Love.

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Combining personal testimony about her father's illness and interviews with healthcare professionals, Gerrard's book is a holistic, sensitively written examination of dementia and those the condition affects both directly and indirectly.
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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing swept all before it six years ago and now Strange Hotel looks set to cause a literary similar sensation with its delicately poised narrative of a woman caught between multiple hotel rooms and the rich, emotive memories that they provoke. Written with singular lyrical power, this is a gorgeous, elegant novella about the anonymous spaces that come to define us.
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Beautifully produced and bursting with colour and vitality, Meera Sodha’s collection of vegan recipes from the East is the must have cookbook of the summer. Boasting a wide range of dishes from India to Thailand to Japan and a host of other countries, this is a celebration of Asian cuisine like no other.
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Mitchell's powerful memoir about being diagnosed and living with dementia is an unflinching personal journey, a moving love-letter to lost identity and a triumphantly hopeful assertion of what remains.
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One of our finest contemporary novelists delivers an accomplished novella about the subjectivity of memory and the psychological barriers that we put up against the truth. Written in crisp, elegant prose and boasting multi-layered characterisation, The Sense of an Ending shimmers with insight and wisdom.
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Paul Schreber is a man who wants to go home - but can't. He is a man stymied by an illness he doesn't understand - and sometimes doesn't even know he has. He has to deal with past traumas, a disintegrating family, his own fantasies of persecution - as well as the very real forces marshalled against him.
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