""to Vincent, a lifetime of shared history and nostalgia " she wrote inside it, and it is. There's the Da whitewashing the wall and the blind man singing 'joy to the world' is my cousin Tommy, and Siobhán I have known all my life but only as Mrs.Mahon and I heard, through the window on the Square 'little Thomasina ' learning the violin.

We grew up looking out at the same square from different angles, the author and I.

It was to her house I was calling as a taxi driver in the early hours of a New Years eve when I learned of my brothers death. I had to leave this book aside for a while till the Christmas madness was finished.

I recognise in the author's narrative the agony of the dark night. We are different, her and I, but we shared the same darkness.

I read Siobhán's narrative sometimes while looking at my own mother in the throes of this abominable disease as she sits at home in the same square not knowing she is at home nor that I am her son.

This book tells a story of Alzheimers, of memory loss but evokes memory itself...."And yet,all the history, the story of Us, the archive, the memories are sitting in chairs all over the country" (p147).

This book indeed evokes memory itself. It tells the story of Us, vividly, manically, poignantly and beautifully"

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Michelle is an avid supporter of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Her debut novel Scourged is based entirely on Michelle's own experience of caring for a Mother with Alzheimer's. 

The Alzheimer Society endorsed her book on their Facebook page and to Twitter followers mentioning that it had received international attention since its launch and quoting from it.

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