Falling and Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins (Google eBook)

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Random House, Jul 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In February 2005, Edwyn Collins suffered two devastating brain haemorrhages. He should have died. Doctors advised that if he did survive, there would be little of him left. If that wasn't enough, he went on to contract MRSA as a result of an operation to his skull and spent six months in hospital. Initially, Edwyn couldn't speak, read, write, walk, sit up or feed himself. He had lost all movement in his right side and was suffering from aphasia - an inability to use or understand language. When he initially recovered consciousness the only words he could say were 'Grace', 'Maxwell', 'yes' and 'no'.

But with the help of his partner Grace and their son Will, Edwyn fought back. Slowly, and with monumental effort, he began to teach his brain to read and speak all over again - with some areas of his mind it was if he had been a slate wiped utterly clean. Through a long and arduous road of therapy he began to re-inhabit his body until he could walk again.

Grace's story is an intimate and inspiring account of what you do to survive when your husband is all but taken away without warning by a stroke.

  

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Review: Falling & Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins

User Review  - Ruby - Goodreads

Incredible account of life before, during and after a brain injury. Grace Maxwell is a master storyteller and more than that, she is an incredibly likeable person. I watched the documentary of Collins ... Read full review

Review: Falling & Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins

User Review  - Nicola - Goodreads

Very interesting and inspiring story of a fight against all odds but extreamly frustrating and irritating to read! Reads like the ramblings of a neurotic woman, which I suppose in the circumstances ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Grace Maxwell was born in Lanarkshire. She moved to London in 1980, where she met Edwyn Collins. Since 1984 she has been his manager and partner. They have a 19-year-old son, Will and live in London and East Sutherland.

Edwyn Collins sold his stamp collection at the age of 16 to buy a guitar and never looked back. In the early 80s his band, Orange Juice were the first act on the now legendary Postcard Records label. His wonderful songs, dandy looks and cultured wit made him an idol of the burgeoning indie scene. With Orange Juice and as a solo artist he has released a total of nine albums including Gorgeous George, that contained the worldwide hit 'A Girl Like You', and most recently Home Again.

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