Where Memories Go

  • by Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by Sally Magnusson
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book began as an attempt to hold on to my witty, storytelling mother with the one thing I had to hand. Words. Then, as the enormity of the social crisis my family was part of began to dawn, I wrote with the thought that other forgotten lives might be nudged into the light along with hers.
Dementia is one of the greatest social, medical, economic, scientific, philosophical, and moral challenges of our times. I am a reporter. It became the biggest story of my life.
(Sally Magnusson)
Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson's whole life was a celebration of words - words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, they had five children of whom Sally is the eldest.
As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs and joys that she and her sisters experienced while accompanying their beloved mother on the long dementia road for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally Magnusson seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people; how we can face one of the greatest social, medical, economic, and moral challenges of our times; and what it means to be human.
An extraordinary and deeply personal memoir, a manifesto and a call to arms, in one searingly beautiful narrative.

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What the Critics Say

"Touching... There are many moments of heartwarming sentiment. Literary snowdrops grow out of the barren earth.... This book is the constant, tenuous, but vital reconnection between a child and its mother.... A fine book." (The Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very much appreciated.

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Memories Go to be better than the print version?

I am sure the book is just as good.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Memories Go?

Hard to pick - so many.


What about Sally Magnusson’s performance did you like?

Knowing it was the author narrating such a personal story made it more compelling and enjoyable.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As our family is on the same journey - it did both ... and more.


Any additional comments?

Very helpful story and resource for those families on the same journey. Thank you Sally.

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- M. Bond

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2014
  • Publisher: John Murray Press