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

‘Witty and eye-opening, it’s delightful to see a memoir focusing on such a heavy subject (that’s in need of renewed, heightened awareness) in a light-hearted, accessible way.’
-Chiara Bullen, CommonSpace

‘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