Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

By Wendy Mitchell & Anna Wharton

  • Release Date : 2018-02-01
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 0.82 MB
Score: 5.0
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Somebody I Used to Know Brave, illuminating and inspiring, Somebody I Used to Know is the first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia.

What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you?

When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of fifty-eight, Wendy Mitchell was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run – the various shades of her independence – were suddenly gone.

Philosophical, profoundly moving, insightful and ultimately full of hope, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. A phenomenal memoir – the first of its kind – it is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.


  • A revelation!

    By bunnyblue
    Everyone should read this book. It has opened my eyes towards how to help people living with dementia. The author should be proud of what she has achieved.
  • Ken

    By LMKJB23
    Dear Wendy I have read your book on holiday in Lake Garda with my husband Ken diagnosed with early onset Altzheimers disease 3 years ago aged 52 You are so right when you say people just ‘don’t get it’ - the harder you try to beat the disease by doing as much as you can while you can, the more you are penalised. Life with Alzheimer’s is exhausting. We too are trying to open the doors to the ignorance of this illness in our small way and are involved with Dementia Forward in North Yorkshire. I write poetry and Ken has helped with training videos. We admire the strength and courage, raw truth and tears shared in your book. I truly hope you make a big difference and more people will ‘get it’ after reading your words. Thank you
  • Somebody I used to know

    By sandyshore.
    What a very good book book and an insight to people living with this illness to Wendy you are 💯per cent inspirational