Sandstone Press

Stroke by Ricky Monahan Brown

RRP: £7.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240449
Publication Date: 22/01/2019
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Ricky Monahan Brown

Stroke is a survival memoir and love story set in a New York City about to be ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The day after losing his job, hard-nosed financial lawyer Ricky suffers a catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke, and begins the struggle to return to love, fatherhood, and Scotland. He’s cajoled, bullied, supported and loved back to health by Beth, his then girl-friend, now his wife. Witty and utterly lacking in self pity, this is a young man’s return from the brink.

Ricky Monahan Brown

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Ricky Monahan Brown suffered a massive haemorrhagic stroke in 2012. Doctors gave him a one-in-twenty chance of a good outcome, where a 'good outcome' would be surviving in a non-vegetative,...

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‘Written with charm and self-deprecating humour, and without an ounce of self-pity, this is a very clear-eyed and weirdly entertaining account.’
-The Big Issue

‘The 44-year-old’s book, Stroke, has an undercurrent of sadness and fear. But it is devilishly funny and an insight into the topsy-turvy world inhabited by a man whose “brain is broken”.’
-The Daily Record

‘An inspirational story... It is told with both sadness and humour. It has lessons for all people who care for those with a stroke, and has a fascinating, and unexpected, ending.’
-Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

‘No memoir about a major neurological injury should be this funny. As much a narrative about navigating adulthood and everything that comes with it as it is about recovery, locating illness and everything that comes with it in a painfully real context that should be required reading for anyone who has ever been a patient or a partner.’
-Kaite Welsh

‘By turns funny, philosophical, and morbidly fascinating, Stroke is a wryly humourous meditation on love, home, memory, the strangeness of life and, if we are lucky, the miracle of second chances. ’
-Allyson Stack

‘Stroke is a brilliant memoir. Written with searing honesty, literary panache and, most importantly, a hefty dose of humour, this is a great book about a difficult subject matter.’
-Doug Johnstone

‘A worthy read and is most eloquently written. Few will end this book without being moved by its contents and without an incredible admiration for this extraordinary individual.’
-Undiscovered Scotland