Published: 28/04/2015
ISBN: 9781784622350
eISBN: 9781784625559
Format: Paperback/eBook

‘Alison Clink has written a haunting, beautiful memoir. She palpably evokes the milieu of their London childhood and takes us through all the twists and turns of a sibling relationship as the years pass. The Man Who Didn’t Go To Newcastle documents a terminal illness but it restores a life. Elegantly written with great tact and without shying away from hard truths, it is not so much a memoir of mourning as a love poem.’
Jonathan Wilson, Memoirist more

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The Man Who Didn't Go To Newcastle
by Alison Clink

“In June 2007 whilst out walking my dog, I opened a text from my brother saying:
Am in St Georges – Rodney Smith Ward. Ring me. A.”

Alison’s brother Adrian had been admitted to St. George’s Hospital in Tooting with a cut hand and low blood pressure. Tests had led to more serious concerns and he was calling on Alison to be with him when the consultant brought results of a biopsy on his lung. Alison heeded his call and took the train up to London the next day, only to find that the results weren’t available. She then went back to Somerset, with no idea of what the next few months would hold for them both. Whilst juggling her home life – at a time when her four children still lived at home – with long-distance hospital visiting, Alison tried her best to cope and make plans when Adrian eventually told her that, following the results, he’d been given a year to live. She had no idea then that he wasn’t being entirely truthful…

The Man Who Didn’t Go To Newcastle is a unique combination of pathos, humour and an insight into what happens when ordinary lives are faced with the extraordinary. Much of the book details the relationship between Alison and her brother and how it was tested as he deteriorated. It is a book for anyone who has lost someone they’ve cared about – or come into contact with the hospital superbug, C.diff., which, along with a heart attack, killed Adrian before the cancer could.

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I was given the privilege of seeing an early draft of 'The Man Who Didn't Go To Newcastle', and I greatly look forward to reading the published version of Alison Clink's truthful and touching memoir.

by Ivor Dembina


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