Published: 01/12/2013
ISBN: 9781783061907
eISBN: 9781783068159
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Cohl Alicia Warren-Howles was born July 10th 1958 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, elder daughter of a physicist father and German mother. She is a freelance writer. Having studied in Art, Psychology and S... read more

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The Silent Scream
Living with the Beast
by C.A. Warren-Howles

As he grappled to come to terms with the diagnosis of a physically crippling disease,
his body swiftly declined until he was finally completely paralysed with no voice.
But his mind remained untouched. He was trapped within his body.

Imagine being delivered a death sentence. You are told you have an incurable, fatal disease. Everything you understand about your life is turned upside-down. Your mind is forced to deal with the consequences. How would you view your time? It would all feel like a horrible dream. This, though, is no dream. This is just where the nightmare begins.

The Silent Scream: Living with the Beast is the story of a fit, healthy man who is suddenly struck down. A man dedicated and passionate about nature, forced to suffer at its hands in isolation as he journeys through the last months of his life. It is the dramatised true story of the silent and savage journey of the author’s father and their family, battling against Motor Neurone Disease.

Using the backdrop of nature in this book, written by the author but read through the eyes of her father, the vileness of this disease is magnified. Inspired by the work of Mervyn Peake, William Golding and Peter Ackroyd, The Silent Scream will appeal to anyone who enjoys short stories and true life events.

“This is the abrupt end to my father’s life. It is also a testament to the love my parents had for each other as they tried to fight ‘the Beast’ together until he finally had to let go. As I witnessed the fear and pain that he suffered as he fought to come to terms with his reality, I made a commitment to write about his experience,” the author comments on her inspiration behind The Silent Scream.

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'Very moving book. Beautifully written. Made me think about my own mortality in a way I rarely do.'
- Gavin Griffiths

'My love and admiration for Cohl writing this book and the years it has taken for her words to appear
on the pages of The Silent Scream.'
- Saul Warren-Howles

'Although this book is centered around a very difficult subject I was so glad I read it. It was interesting to read it from the patient's perspective - understanding his fear & trepidation made the disease even more brutal...Great books are the ones that make you think - and this one definitely did that.'
- by Helen Rands

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Although this book is centered around a very difficult subject I was so glad I read it. It was interesting to read it from the patient's perspective - understanding his fear & trepidation made the disease even more brutal. Very, very sad but it really made me thankful for everything that's good in my own life.

Great books are the ones that make you think - and this one definitely did that.

by Helen Rands


A beautifully written book but a painful read as we share the inexorable destruction of a once vigorous man, loved father and husband.

Why was this good man struck down in his prime! A chance throw of the genetic dice or an apparently innocuous lifestyle choice, more likely perhaps a combination of the two, a genetic vulnerability waiting to triggered. The only certainty seems to be that, so far, there is little that can be be done to slow, far less halt the dreadful consequences as the body become locked in a war with itself.

We feel a dreadful claustrophobia, the pain of an intellect trapped in a failing body, mind still free to fly but increasingly reliant on others to perform almost every function. Knowing and helpless to prevent loved ones suffering only adds to the misery until finally the end comes and release!

No-one who reads this book can be unmoved.

Surely if proof were needed, then this is it, nature doesn't play favourites, there is no justice. But there has to be hope. Hope that one day a cure will be found.

by John T. Lewis


 

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