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Inadvertent cross-dressing.
Attempted murder.
Jail break.
A waltz at a funeral.
A hernia the size of Guernsey. 

Heartbreaking and darkly comic, these are the moments that litter the messy road from cared-for to carer, a journey that Robyn Hollingworth finds herself on when she's only 25 years old. 

Leaving London to return home to rural South Wales, Robyn finds that it's her old life - same teddy bears resting on her pillow, their bodies tucked under the duvet; same view of the garages behind which she'd had her first cigarette and first kiss - but so much has changed. 

Her dad, the proud, charmingly intelligent self-made man who made people laugh, was in the grip of early onset Alzheimer's. His brilliant mind, which saw him building power stations and literally bringing light into the lives of others, had succumbed to darkness. 

As Robyn settles back in the rhythms of life in the rain-soaked vast Welsh valleys, she keeps a diary charting her journey as the dad she knew disappears before her eyes. Lyrical, poignant and with flashes of brilliant humour, My Mad Dad explores how in helping others we can heal ourselves. 

'At some point the cared for become the carers...this isn't a shame, and it isn't a tragedy, and it isn't a chore. It is an honour. To be able to return the gift of love that someone bestows upon you is a gift in itself. This is a story of caring....'  

©2018 Robyn Hollingworth (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Justin
  • 08-22-18

an inspiring book.

A beautiful and honest story with some touching and funny antidotes. Heartfelt moments of pure love.

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  • Sdkeen
  • 04-27-18

A brilliant down to earth truthful book

What did you like most about My Mad Dad?

The Author (Robyn) tells this sad story the way it has affected her and her older brother. She also shows empathy along with the feeling of helplessness in dealing with a very emotional experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robyn was obviously the main character who by listening to her came across very well. She had no qualms in showing humour in the dark reality of what she was going through.

Have you listened to any of Robyn Hollingworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last time she visited her father.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable informative read that I will recommend to people, especially those that maybe going through a similar situation.