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Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

An unforgettable account of living with Alzheimer's Disease by the partner of a brilliant artist whose mind is collapsing.

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ISBN 9781788540155
Barcode 9781788540155
Release Date 22 July 2019 by Head of Zeus
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Kelly, Julia
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ISBN-13 9781788540155
ISBN-10 1788540158
Stock Release date is 22 July 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Release Date 22 July 2019
International Publication Date 16 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Kelly, Julia
Category Biography & Autobiography
Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Alzheimer's disease - Patients - Family relationships
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.83110092
Catalogue Code 967331

Description of this Book

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review '[A] candid, affecting and beautifully written account of living with Alzheimer's' The Bookseller.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Julia Kelly was born in 1969 and studied English, Sociology and Journalism in Dublin. Her novels include With my Lazy Eye and The Playground. She lives in Dalkey, County Dublin.

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