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The Rocking Horse Diaries by Alan Combes

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The Rocking Horse Diaries by Alan Combes
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My name is Kirk Ellis. I am nine years old. This is my story.


So begins the Rocking Horse Diary, penned by Kirk who wants to tell the story of his grandad, Sidney Mudge, who is “a very special man and possibly the world’s best grandad”.


Although Kirk and his grandad are fictional characters, Alzheimer's is not, and Alan Combes’ story is based on real events.


There is a strong vein of comedy in the story. As Alan says, ‘Without humour, coping with dementia would be an impossible task.’


Illustrated by John Sunderland.


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My name is Kirk Ellis. I am nine years old. This is my story.

So begins the Rocking Horse Diary, penned by Kirk who wants to tell the story of his grandad, Sidney Mudge, who is “a very special man and possibly the world’s best grandad”.

Although Kirk and his grandad are fictional characters, Alzheimer's is not, and Alan Combes’ story is based on real events.

There is a strong vein of comedy in the story. As Alan says, ‘Without humour, coping with dementia would be an impossible task.’

It was the author’s intention that love and affection would shine through the moments of tragedy, and indeed it does. His goal, which we believe readers will agree he has achieved, was to help young people towards a better understanding of a horrible illness.

Illustrated by John Sunderland.

‘Feeling connected is such a vital part of our wellbeing and people living with dementia can often feel isolated. For Kirk and his Grandad building a “Magic Rocking Horse” together, while sharing stories and jokes along the way helps them to understand each other and allows them to maintain a positive connection as Grandad’s dementia progresses. This is such an important message for families who care for someone living with dementia.’ 

Dr Lynne Corner, Director of Newcastle University’s Dementia Innovation Hub

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Author Alan Combes

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