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Winner of the E. After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man. Robin Dudding was the greatest New Zealand literary editor of his generation — friend and mentor of many of our best-known writers. Robin Dudding would have been proud of Adam for writing this book — but maybe he would also have been horrified. This is a wonderfully well-told story of a life that starts out full of hope, then goes to troubling places.
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, etc. He lives in Auckland with his wife, two children, two dogs and no chickens. This is his first book. The journalist as reliable narrator composes a compelling portrait of his father that reveals rather more about himself, the son. Personal memories, anecdote, letters, literary publications, and the recollections of interview subjects, including family members - framed by curiosity and love - are interwoven to create a surprising story that shifts in time and context; which is as history and memory should be!
I very much enjoyed the history of the father, Robin Dudding, and the self-portrait of the writer.
Fill in your email below to request a new password. Dear Helena, I recently borrowed your book In Search of My Father from the library and am so grateful that it was recommended to me! I will definitely buy a copy to share with my sisters. He is single and was living alone, and so the entire responsibility of what needed to be done fell to my sisters and I.
Reading your book is somehow comforting to me. The brain boosting tips you offer throughout the book are giving me some hope. Thank you so very much for writing this book! I hope I will get the chance to hear you speak some day. Sincerely from one of your New Zealand fans,.
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Wow Helena, you came into my life at the right time. I have been using In Search of My Father like a grenade among dormant minds. Your book resonates with my ideas and explains exactly what I want for my mother. Thank you for your beautifully expressed clarity. Her father has dementia, and is deteriorating quite quickly. The family now have a motivating guide that they can use to try and get him progressing again.
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Hi Helena, I have just finished reading your very inspiring book. It was wonderful and I have just passed it on to a dear friend of mine whose mother is just showing signs of dementia. I was astounded by your diligence and your patience — unconditional love does just bring out our best characteristics. Just a brilliant story that no doubt will provide so much hope to so many. Thank you again and best wishes!
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Well, I loved your presentation, thought the book would be a good read, and purchased it. I finished it a few minutes ago. I absolutely loved it and thought you needed to know how fantastic it was. At first I thought it was going to be more of a science-in-action books which I love too , but then as it got to the second half, I realised it was much more. I work in aged care, and about a third of my clients have dementia of varying severities.
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So thanks again. This is definitely a book I will share around to colleagues, family and friends. What a pleasure to have you here and particularly to showcase you alongside Kate in what was a very special hour session warmly received by all who attended. I hope you found it rewarding. All the very best to you and your Dad for the future and I look forward to our paths crossing again at some point. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book. Not only because of your detailed descriptions of your struggles with your father and his condition — about which we are learning more and more — but also because of your interesting anecdotes about travel, life in Serbia and how you juggle your time on a daily basis.
I intended to place the book in the Alzheimers Australia NSW library but have been informed that a copy is already there and that it is one of the most popular books that our friends, people living with dementia, are borrowing already. On that basis I am sure that they will have use now for a second copy. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to learn of your story.
I just wanted to touch base with you, to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book! In fact am eating blueberries as I am writing this???? Since I saw you a few days ago on the Project on Channel 10, I am assuming that you have returned from your trip to Serbia — I really hope they fixed the bathroom door. Both my grandparents had dementia so your book really spoke to me. After reading it, I gave it to my Mum — who also loved it. She looked after her parents with diligence and love when they both had dementia and I know to this day she feels proud of how she cared for them while also dealing with two young children and a job.
I subsequently read the book and wanted to thank you very much indeed for writing it. It was a beautiful account of your relationship with your father.
Thank you also for all the brain boosting tips and the sayings at the beginning of each chapter, many of which were very profound. In the last few years, I have made adjustments to improve my general health and fitness and very much appreciate how important they are they to my mental health. At her request, I have given your book to my mother to read and will be most interested in her thoughts. In closing, may I again thank you for the book. For me, it was a beautiful story and time extremely well spent. I recently finished reading your book and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your personal account intertwined with all the tips.
I also hope that my father will either consciously or subconsciously implement some of the tips into his life.
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By the way, I really enjoyed the little sayings and phrases at the beginning of each chapter. Thank you again for your presentation at our AGM in October — it certainly got a lot of us thinking about taking better care of ourselves to ultimately more enjoy the latter years. Your book is excellently structured with factual information and an inspiring personal story. We wish you every success in — you well deserve it!!