The Little Girl In the Radiator by Martin Slevin

The Little Girl In the Radiator

By Martin Slevin

  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 130 Ratings
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THE LITTLE GIRL IN THE RADIATOR is a tale of love, loss and family: the touching, sometimes hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking story of a man’s struggle to care for his mother after her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.
Martin Slevin’s mum was a highly active, very intelligent and fiercely independent woman who ran her own business and ruled Martin and his father with a rod of iron. But after Martin’s dad dies, her life crumbles, and she becomes listless and forgetful. Eventually, she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and Martin moves back home to care for her. Together, they embark on a journey through the various stages of the condition; the destination is never in doubt, but along the way there are many lighter moments, as she shaves the dog’s bottom, holds sing-songs with an imaginary Irish band and pins all of Martin’s socks to the wall. And all the time, the question nags away at him: who is the little girl in the radiator, with whom his mum has urgent, whispered conversations each day?


  • The little in the radiator

    By nodwas
    I have read the book with great fondness of the memories of my late mum in law who had dementia as I read the book I relived the good times and some times difficult ones as you did with your mum. I cried tears of laughter and tears of sad ness as I turned each page in anticipation. The book is a great read and gives a true and accurate insight on how life can be for both patient and carer if you have a member of your family or a friend who knows some one with dementia I would recommend they read the book. I wish this book had been around when we cared for nan (mum in law ). Is wish you and your partner heather and long and happy life together. God bless you both.
  • The Little Girl in the Radiator

    By Mocadie
    I would like to thank Martin Slevin for the gentle, humorous way he described his journey through his Mothers dementia. Two weeks ago I began caring for my Mother who has been diagnosed with VaD and like Martin I have found, initially, that there is no training for this role. Social Services and other departments all ask the same questions but don't communicate with each other and this is distressing especially when my Mother is blissfully unaware why these organisations are involved. The distress of watching my lovely Mum gradually vanish is soul destroying but I now, thanks to this book have a greater insightful. Thank you
  • The Little Girl In The Radiator

    By halliday67
    Absolutely brilliant, from the heart. I worried, learned, laughed and on one occasion cried reading this book. When its finally explained about the radiator i cried buckets!!
  • Fantastic

    By Emzy84
    Made me laugh made me cry what a fantastic book and so true to the situation I currently find my self in my words to the author are simply thank you
  • The Little Girl in The Radiator

    By Louise Johnson
    An excellent story about a son's first hand experience with Alzheimer's. Explaining from beginning to end, the slow decline of his mother's mental health and the understanding and love for her right until she passes away. A truly emotional insight into the illness which undoubtably touches most peoples lives to some degree.
  • The little girl in the Radiator

    By jadey269
    Incredible 'can't-put-down' book! Beautifully written. A moving account of the authors experiences while caring for his mother who suffers with Dementia. Perfect read for anyone who has experiences with the disease, yet still a must read for anyone who hasn't - as it affects so many.
  • The girl in the radiator

    By B.A. Sherif
    Sad story, good read, couldn't put it down.
  • The little girl in the radiator

    By Support carer
    What a lovely touching story and you are a lovely son to care for your mum the way you did Martin. Although it is a tough story in places the way it is told means you laugh and cry equally. Very true to life
  • Great book

    By Jacpatjoh
    Having experienced the horrors of dementia with my grandmother, this book was both familiar and heartfelt. The book gave you truthful insight into what both victims and their family go through, including the humour and despair it brings. Wonderfully written and could not help comparing to my own experiences. If any of your loved ones are at the early stages of Alzheimer's you must read this book. Humorous in the right places and so honest - thank you!
  • Excellent

    By Delly minelli
    Excellent read. Very moving but also funny in places.