’This book would be enjoyed by those who are looking for a warm tale of family life and the complexity that often goes with it’
Title: The smallest things: On the enduring power of family
Author: Nick Duerden
Publisher: Elliott and Thompson limited
Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is not about nursing, or directly related to being a health care professional, but the tale will make every nurse consider how they perceive patients and family members from older generations. It shares the heartfelt memoirs of family life and the authors recollection of visits to his grandparents in Milan, spanning back to early childhood, and considers how their life is so very different to his own. The account portrays the realisation that the foundations of his family identity were aging and that he knew very little about their past lives, or who they were outside of the role of ‘grandparent’. The reader is taken along on the endeavour to discover more about their lives before it is too late and the opportunity is lost forever.
What were the highlights?
This is a lovely book, which is well written and easy to read. It offers a sentimental journey into the authors past and delicately articulates the developing awareness that family history and identity is only kept alive though actively taking the time to discover more about family members and their lived experiences.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is an engaging and endearing read that makes the reader consider how much they actually know about the lives of their parents and grandparents.
Who should read it?
This book would be enjoyed by those who are looking for a warm tale of family life and the complexity that often goes with it. It is suited to general readers who have time to engage with a leisurely stroll through family memoirs rather than those who are looking for a purposeful professional read.
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