Robin’s Jolabokablog

We’re going to have a bit of a break over Christmas and New Year, so there won’t be quite as much new content on the Autumn Voices website until we get going again in January.

This week though, in the run up to Christmas, we’re honouring the Icelandic phenomenon of Jolabokaflod, triggered by the tradition of book-gifting and reading on Christmas Eve – something we thoroughly approve of and encourage!

Each day this week, we’re bringing you a book recommendation (or two) from the Autumn Voices team members – a Jolabokablog series, if you will!

Robin Lloyd-Jones, Project Manager at Autumn Voices, recommends:

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard (Allen Lane, 2019)

This book grew out of the death of Nicci Gerrard’s father from dementia and her belief that the disease and its impact on individuals, families and the wider world needs light shed upon it to improve people’s experiences and to provide support for those affected. 

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love is a humane, caring and powerful book, opening doors to a world that is often hidden and misunderstood. I found it profoundly moving, deeply thought-provoking and extremely helpful. Maybe it’s not exactly a lighthearted read for the festive season, but I thoroughly recommend it to all Autumn Voices members. Dementia is all around us, in our families and in our genes. It is perhaps in our own futures. 


Why don’t you tell us all about your favourite festive reading?

Don’t forget about our other book recommendation and ideal Christmas gift this month

Tom Langlands will be joining us in January to talk about the book and taking up photography as a hobby.

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