Consultus Book Club

23/02/18

Since the launch of the Book Club in January 2017, we have so far recommended six books for carers to read and were also delighted to have hosted competitions to win copies of three of these brilliant books.

January - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

March - Mindfullness for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

May - Anne Bolelyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

July - Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

September - The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds by Natalie Seldon

November - Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Suggested Books in 2017We would also like to share titles of some of the other books suggested by clients and carers throughout the year:-

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Suggested by the daughter of our late client, Mrs Lumsden, Fiona Baird, who believes all our carers should read this book. Carol Northcote, who was a regular carer for her mother, agrees.
This book examines the author’s experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of ageing and dying, as well as the limits of what he is able to achieve.

Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson
Suggested by Consultus carer, Mandy Butow
A biographical book in which the author, with her two sisters, cared for her mother, Mamie, during her long struggle with dementia, until her death.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Suggested by Maggie Evans, Marketing Assistant
An easy read, with a twist – an elderly lady with dementia believes her friend is missing, but is she? “How do you solve a mystery when you can’t remember the clues?”

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Suggested by Briony Darnley, Marketing Assistant
Actress Julianne Moore won awards for her portrayal in the film of this brilliant book, about a linguistics professor diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease shortly after her 50th birthday

The Cruelest Miles-: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
Suggested by Andrea Daddy, Projects Director
When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn’t fly in blizzard conditions – only the dogs could make it. The heroic dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City’s Central Park.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Suggested by Naomi van den Berg, carer
About Japanese gardening – described as ‘an elegant and haunting novel of art and war and memory... Tan writes with breath-catching poise and grace, linguistic refinement and searching intelligence... His fictional garden cultivates formal harmony – but also undermines it.”

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Written by an Ethiopian-born medical doctor and author – suggested by Naomi van den Berg, carer
A saga of twin brothers, orphaned by their mother’s death at their births and forsaken by their father. Naomi says this was a little gory regarding the medical references, but emotionally riveting.

Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
Suggested by Jane Pearce, carer
The inspirational story of a doctor, his patients and a very special cat.

The Child by Fiona Barton
Suggested by Marketing Manager, Stephanie Coyne
A twisting psychological suspense thriller. “As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years.” This is a clever and compelling book – and a real page turner!

Contented Dementia by Oliver James
Suggested by Jane Montana, carer, who suggested Consultus keeps copies of this book at both Carer Houses
A friendly guide, drawn from the combined wealth of personal and professional experience, providing a practical approach to promoting well-being in dementia care.

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