The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning How to Live (Hardback)Christian Donlan (author)
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'Remarkable and revelatory, a dazzling achievement. Quietly electrifying' Sunday Times
On the day his daughter takes her first steps Christian Donlan discovers he has an incurable neurological disease, multiple sclerosis. As his young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he too finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory of the brain.
Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys and anxieties of parenthood, and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life.
'This is not a tale of tragedy but one of re-engaging with the world - or realising what's truly important' Stylist
'An amazing and wonderful piece of writing. I could not put it down' Claire Tomalin
'Frank, thought-provoking and uplifting. Will resonate with other people with MS, and also, so importantly, with their family and friends... an invaluable resource' The Times Literary Supplement
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 29 mm
A wonderful, moving, powerful and immersive book which will help anyone who has or knows someone with MS. Christian Donlan's takes us inside his mind and his beautiful relationship with his daughter, helping us to look at our own relationships from a fresh perspective. -- Julia Samuel
An unprecedented first-hand account of the effects of brain disease, and what it is like to have your thoughts shift from under you. Donlan brings us a poetic, compelling and wonderful book. Simply enchanting. -- Daniel Levitin
Christian Donlan tells a riveting adventure story as he explores the mysterious paths that connect the body and the brain-and the scary and joyous land of fatherhood. He writes with vivid candour and startling humour about topics that range from the history of neurology to the maddening grey zone between illness and diagnosis. At its heart, this is a book of awe - at how the body works and doesn't, how it grows and fails, and how even the most unwelcome events can sometimes help us break free from old ways of thinking to powerful new ones. -- Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living.
Thoughtful and quietly moving * Daily Telegraph *
This is not a tale of tragedy but one of re-engaging with the world - or realising what's truly important * Stylist *
Beautiful and delicately written with the power to shift your world view * Emerald Street *
Remarkable and revelatory, this is a dazzling achievement * The Sunday Times *
This is an inspiring tale of a man trying to wrestle an incurable disease into a kind of submission, using intellect and love and logic... [A] marvellous book * Daily Mail *
A poignant account of living with MS... with a total lack of self pity and much gentle humour, Donlan explores the nooks and crannies of his behaviour. * The Times *
[An] excellent memoir... he describes the brain in vivid, poetic detail * Financial Times *
A moving, gracefully written story * Publishers Weekly *
In this poignant book, Donlan finds in curiosity, writing, and family the surest salves for the terror of chronic illness and mortality * Kirkus Reviews *
Really beautifully done; reminds me of When Breath Becomes Air. I love it * ReadItForward *
Perhaps never before has the full palette of the inner ebb and flow of MS been so frankly exposed... Will resonate with other people with MS, and also, so importantly, with their family and friends... an invaluable resource * Times Literary Supplement *
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