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  1. This is the story of the recovery of Edwyn Collins, the musician, from the two near-fatal brain haemorrhages which he had in 2005, and of the experience of helping him to recover - Grace Maxwell is his wife. (In case anyone doesn't know who he is, Collins was the frontman of the 80s band Orange Juice, best known for the single Rip It Up, and he then had a 90s hit with A Girl Like You. If you do know who he is, you'll know that he has a huge body of work beyond those two hits.) The book gives a bit of context about their lives before the illness, before dealing with the hospital stays and rehabiliation. There's a lot of humour and candour in the book, and very little self-pity. It's quite raw and honest about what it was like for Grace Maxwell to be in her position, and also about the failings of the NHS and the ways that their relative wealth was able to fill in some of the gaps. I started it thinking it was one for fans, but it's much more about what it's like to deal with such a sudden change in your life, and without making it sound easy, it was optimistic. Definitely recommended.
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