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How Many Camels Are There in Holland?: Dementia, Ma and Me | [Phyllida Law]

How Many Camels Are There in Holland?: Dementia, Ma and Me

Following Phyllida Law’s wonderful and acclaimed Notes to My Mother-in-Law - which comically and tenderly documented the author’s relationship with her husband’s mother who lived with the family for 17 years - we now have a chronicle of Phyllida’s relationship with her own mother who suffered from dementia. Recently widowed, bringing up her own two daughters (actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson), and working as a successful actress herself, Phyllida went up and down to Scotland to spend as much time with her ailing mother as she could manage.
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The charming, funny successor to the hugely popular Notes to My Mother-in-Law, from the inimitable Phyllida Law.

Following Phyllida Law’s wonderful and acclaimed Notes to My Mother-in-Law - which comically and tenderly documented the author’s relationship with her husband’s mother who lived with the family for 17 years - we now have a chronicle of Phyllida’s relationship with her own mother who suffered from dementia. Recently widowed, bringing up her own two daughters (actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson), and working as a successful actress herself, Phyllida went up and down to Scotland to spend as much time with her ailing mother as she could manage. During the period she kept a lively and frank journal noting many of the sad yet funny examples of her mother’s faltering grip on reality. The journal includes reminiscences of her own childhood and the tragic death of her only brother.

This book promises to be just as warm and moving as her first.

©2013 Phyllida Law (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 03-19-13
    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 03-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I like to weed and read at the same time.

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    "Hackneyed I know but this is a MUST listen"

    This book describes Phyllida Law's care of her dementing mother in Scotland while she was trying to sustain an acting career from her home in London. It is a glorious book full of gentle and rip roaring humor in the face of what must have been dreadful to witness. Phyllida had already cared for her mother-in law who was very deaf at the same time she was raising Emma and Sophie Thompson her actress daughters.Husband and father,Eric Thompson ( Magic Roundabout narrator for any Brits reading this) died very young.
    Phyllida has the most expressive, beautiful voice and narrates her exquisite prose to perfection. I listened to this book without a break and have bought another audible because she is narrating it.

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    This had a great review in 'the Guardian' biographies of the year and I was expecting to find it funny and moving. Unfortunately I found it a little too understated and wasn't moved to tears or laughter. It felt far too short, as if it had been abridged and at times I found that the narration randomly jumped around. I didn't particularly enjoy the narration either. This may be a book that's better to read in the print version.

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