Written by Ross Watkins and illustrated by Liz Anelli published by Penguin Viking Australia RRP $24.95
published by Penguin Viking Australia RRP $24.95
This is a powerful picture book about a family’s journey with Alzheimers. For ages 5 to adult. It subtly underlines the frustration of both the person with dementia and their support persons.
Explaining the impact of dementia to a child is never an easy process. This book views the transitioning of a father with Alzheimers through the eyes of his child. Having lost a parent to Lewy Body Dementia 18 months ago this book hit a responsive chord. It is a thoughtful book tinged with sadness but it also has a positive side.The book is dedicated to a member of the author’s family. This one is a keeper.
Dementia in its associated forms is now the second highest cause of death in Australia. Although this deals with Alzheimers, and not LBD it remains an excellent book for leading a discussion relating to the altered capacity of any person with dementia
Book review HAMILTON HUME written by Robert Macklin. Published by Hachette and RRP $32.99
An excellent account of the life of a man who made such an impact on Australia, I have spent countless hours travelling the Hume Highway without giving Hamilton Hume a single thought. The story is woven with skill and craft and emphasises the humanity of the man. This homegrown explorer faced the hero’s journey with courage and dogged determination. He overcame obstacles that would defeat all but the strongest. We see a rare glimpse, the personal side of a man who cared for our first Australians and who was slighted, and his wealth of knowledge disparaged and compared to that of a competent bushranger. What was Hume’s crime that upset the colonial apple cart? Simple. He was born in the colony in Parramatta. He was not English. The next time you travel the Hume Highway spare a thought for this great explorer who thanks to Robert Macklin’s work may obtain the recognition he so richly deserves. A great read and I can thoroughly recommend it.