Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell & Anna Wharton

Somebody I Used to Know

By Wendy Mitchell & Anna Wharton

  • Release Date: 2018-02-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Brave, illuminating and inspiring, Somebody I Used to Know is the first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia.

What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you?

When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of fifty-eight, Wendy Mitchell was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run – the various shades of her independence – were suddenly gone.

Philosophical, profoundly moving, insightful and ultimately full of hope, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. A phenomenal memoir – the first of its kind – it is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.


  • Very moving, beautiful writing, just a great, sensitive read

    By Guy Cheales
    Downloaded as soon as I awoke today, launch day. Well done Wendy! Beautiful writing, sensitive telling. Only finished three chapters but had to write .....Bravo. I too am on this journey and wish for your clarity and support from the UK medical “systems”. But Wendy’s spirit - from her on-line presences - is so beautiful and inspirational and it blossoms in the book. EVERYONE associated with Cognitive “challenges/opportunities?:(“ would gain much from reading this thoughtful and sensitive writing. Go Wendy! Just finished the book. It’s worth reading. Chapter7 stopped me reading for some days - found “Still Alice” book and movie very helpful and Wendy’s account of meeting the movie actor and the talk of “the eyes”, I found so very moving. Thank you Wendy!