Song for Rosaleen
A beautifully crafted memoir of a family coping with their mother's dementia, Song for Rosaleen is both a celebration of Rosaleen Desmond's life and an unflinching account of the practical and ethical dilemmas that faced her six children. Told with love, insight, humour and compassion, it raises important questions about who we become when our memories fail, how our rapidly ageing population can best be cared for, and what this means for us all.
Longlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - General Non-Fiction
`Song for Rosaleen is a beautiful, honest and deeply moving memoir. I have no doubt this book will resonate with a huge portion of readers - especially anyone who has watched a loved one decline due to a degenerative illness.' - Mandy Hager; `This book is an outstanding example of memoir -creative non-fiction at its best. Its compelling narrative flow creates a moving and enriching work that will be an important addition to this country's literature.' - Alison Parr.
Pip Desmond is a Wellington writer, editor and oral historian. She is the author of the award-winning Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs and The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea. Pip has an MA in creative writing and runs communications company 2Write with her husband Pat. They have three children and four beautiful grandchildren.