This is a remarkable book, the story of a couple as they encountered and moved through the debilitating phases of Alzheimer's disease. It is a story of courage and despair, hope and doubt, rage and circumspection, dignity and compassion. Above all it is a powerful love story.
The reflective genre of this book is fascinating. The author, Vince O'Rourke, is a daily journal writer. The book poignantly tells the story of his wife Margaret and the early onset of Alzheimer's soon after his retirement as the chief executive officer of Brisbane Catholic Education. It is enhanced at regular intervals by the inclusion of unedited extracts from his journals. Vince's reflection on these earlier raw and emotion charged reflections is both gripping, very moving and deeply honest. - Damien Brennan, Brisbane Catholic Education (click below for full review)
I Wish I Were A Leper: The Diary of One Couple's Struggle With Fear, Faith and Alzheimer's
Author Vince O'Rourke, Publisher Lumino Press, $29.95 ($5 postage within Australia)