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Six books about Parkinson’s disease to gift this year
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 16 December 2021
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Looking for gift ideas for the bookworms in your life? We’ve collected six of our favourite reading recommendations with a focus on Parkinson’s – featuring bold research, inspiring stories and gripping page-turners
1. ‘Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action’ by Dr Ray Dorsey, Dr Michael Okun, Dr Bastiaan Bloem and Dr Todd Sherer
How can we end Parkinson’s disease? This is the question behind ‘Ending Parkinson’s Disease’ – a collaboration between four leading doctors and advocates. Together, these researchers share a bold plan to improve care and treatment – and set out their plan to how the condition could be prevented.
2. ‘No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality’ by Michael J Fox
In previous memoirs – which include ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Always Looking Up’ – movie star Michael J Fox grapples with the lessons learned since his Parkinson’s diagnosis at the age of 29. Now, ‘No Time Like the Future’ shares his ongoing journey with the condition, and the challenges he’s faced along the way. This memoir provides a heartfelt examination about the power of support from family and friends, how time affects the way we approach morality and the importance of optimism, from one of the most notable figures in Parkinson’s advocacy.
3. ‘Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Facing an Incurable Disease and Finding What Really Matters’ by Brian Grant and Ric Bucher
Two years after retiring from his sporting career, US basketball star Brian Grant was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s at the age of 36. Rebound captures the NBA veteran’s inspirational story – from his beginnings in Ohio, to his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2008 – to ultimately setting up the Brian Grant Foundation to help support people with the condition.
4. ‘Elena Knows’ by Claudia Piñeiro
Elena Knows – a novel by award-winning Argentine writer, Claudia Piñeiro – follows an elderly woman with Parkinson’s who becomes determined to investigate the mysterious death of her daughter and carer, Rita. The novel features a protagonist with Parkinson’s, with a gripping murder mystery at its centre.
5. ‘Parkinson’s Disease: Take a Walk With Me’ by Simon Ingram
Advertised as an “uplifting, supportive and reaffirming read”, ‘Take a Walk With Me’ chronicles Simon Ingram’s journey with Parkinson’s. This book reveals the challenges of the condition – but is packed with humour and compassion.
6. ‘Windswept and Interesting: My Autobiography’ by Sir Billy Connolly
In Sir Billy Connolly’s first full-length autobiography, the Scottish comedian, actor and musician reflects on a career spanning over 50 years and reveals stories from his fascinating life. Written in his own words, ‘Windswept and Interesting’ combines wit and wisdom with Connolly’s unforgettable humour.
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