Mary’s book gets attention from readers

Mary Garrity
Mary Garrity

A Motherwell woman has been receiving praise from around the world for her book which documents her mother’s battle with dementia.

Mary Garrity released Remembering Dementia: For the Love of Nellie as an e-book through Amazon in October and since then every review on the site has given it five stars.

The project began in 2006 started when Mary began to write down all the things her mother Nellie Murphy would say as a coping mechanism when dementia took hold.

Later when the family fought with NHS Lanarkshire over Nellie’s care, Mary documented everything about that too.

Nellie passed away at the age of 89 in April 2011 and when Mary rediscovered her notes last year she decided to share her story.

Mary said: “I had always kept a diary from a young age so when my mum was affected with dementia I wrote everything down.

“We are currently selling our house and a few months ago I came across the manuscript and realised I essentially had a book.

“It took two months to go through, but I wanted to share my mum’s story and in the end I have a book which is a real journey of lighthearted, but is obviously tinged with sadness.

“So far it has sold around 70 copies and I have been delighted with the reponse, for every review to get five stars is brilliant and I ‘m glad people are enjoying it.”

Remembering Dementia: For the Love of Nellie is availble from Amazon for Kindle costing £3.99 and a paper copy can by purchased through Amazon Print Direct.

Mary said: “A lot of people who had read the Kindle version said they would also like a paper copy so I decided to make it available on Print Direct, but I’m still hoping for a proper publishing deal.”