Published: 15/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788033640
eISBN: 9781788032490
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Balls in a Sandwich
by Peter Kaye

A ‘cathartic’ autobiography for anyone who has been through the pain associated with caring for a loved one suffering from motor neurone disease and dementia.

Over 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK today.
A brutally honest story of love, pain and loss.

“I want your balls in a sandwich” were the last intelligible words that Peter Kaye’s wife Bet said to him. Sadly they were delivered with, seemingly, the same degree of venom and hatred that had come to epitomise their last two years together, and sum up the vindictiveness that is so often a result of dementia. This book is about those two years, but is also the fifty year love story that preceded those final years of losing the person you love most. The author explains what it is like being a carer, and of what happens to someone after that role, which has dominated your life for so long, has come to an end.

Peter Kaye’s autobiography of caring for his wife is a story full of the pain that comes with this horrific disease, but it is also a story of love, and humour and the positives in life that he has found from this time.

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An amazingly powerful love story which charts the pain for the carer of a wonderful wife who is suffering from motor neurone disease and dementia. A brutally honest account set against the backdrop of many years of happy and successful marriage. Peter Kaye's book deserves to spearhead the awakening awareness to mental illness and should provide comfort to hundreds of carers who think that they are on their own. It would make a great film.

by Dave Bradley


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