John Suchet My Bonnie

ISBN 13: 9781445853871

My Bonnie

 
9781445853871: My Bonnie

For John it was love at first sight. From the moment he spotted Bonnie walking past his window, he knew he must meet her. Over a decade later, in 1985, they finally married. A young couple in love, John and Bonnie travelled the world, living their lives to the full, never imagining that one day their utopia would be shattered by a cruel disease. Bonnie was first diagnosed with dementia in February 2006. Since then, her health has deteriorated rapidly, and her memory of the past is all but gone. In this unique biography, John chronicles their lives together – past and present.

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John Suchet is a Scottish newsreader and television presenter. Best known as a newsreader for ITV News, John worked for the channel for 32 years, between 1972 and 2004. He retired from ITN in 2004 but made a welcome return to television news in 2006, presenting Five News. In February 2009 John appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about his wife Bonnie's dementia and to raise awareness for the disease and the charities supporting it. He is now the patron of For Dementia.

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"He has written a courageous and valuable book – one that both throws light into some hitherto curtained corners and honours the life they had together." John Preston, Daily Mail

"The story of a blissful marriage, cross-cut with a raw commentary on the progress of his wife's disease... It's the exhausted voice of carers everywhere – exasperation, loss, fear, frustrated love." Elizabeth Grice, Daily Telegraph

"What is likeable about the memoir is Suchet's lack of a stiff upper lip. He writes about love in the tone of a schoolboy, trying to make sense of an overwhelming crush...the memoir is an act of loving resistance." Kate Kellaway, The Observer

"Heartfelt, vivid and true" Sunday Times Culture

“The writing is honest and the emotions he has been put through over the last four or five years are ones which many carers will recognise in themselves. However, it is not all gloom, and he intersperses his account with the story of how he fell in love with his wife...if you were to look at the photographs in the book, you might think his life with Bonnie has been one long party.” The Spectator

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