My Mother and Other Secrets, by Wendyl Nissen (Allen & Unwin 2021)

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A compelling and moving book in which Wendyl Nissen applies a journalistic rigour to an investigation of her family history, and uncovers some extraordinary secrets. From appalling parenting, sad adoptions, loss, grief, and generally poor behaviour! It's a remarkably effecting and honest look at family life and its impact, adoption and its legacy, dementia and its destructive power. It ends with an extremely useful Hints and Tips section, including advice on Advance Directives and Advance Values statements. I can't recommend this book highly enough, its funny and moving, passionate, angry and resonant.