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We Tell Stories About Ourselves That We Can Live With – Bridget Pitt Chats to Andrea van Wyk (Podcast)

Notes From the Lost Property DepartmentBridget Pitt recently spoke to Andrea van Wyk about her new book, Notes From the Lost Property Department. She said it is a book about memory, injury and rediscovery of self. It’s also a book about forgiveness, particularly between mother and daughter.

Notes From the Lost Property Department deals with the onslaught of dementia and hidden family secrets. In her research, Pitt found that “every brain injury is very individual”. In the book, she reflects on the complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter and “how we construct ourselves for the other person”.

“You’re always in a way telling stories about yourself to each other that you can live with,” Pitt said, adding that this is particularly telling when you’re trying to protect yourself and each other from a devastating secret.

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Read Van Wyk’s review of Notes From the Lost Property Department:

Notes from the Lost Property Department is a funny and quirky story about family, but also a tender and absorbing look at brain injury. It’s an examination of identity, of what makes a person what she is, and about her place in the world.

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