Rosie Belton – Craig Potton Publishing - $24.99
This is a remarkable book written by a remarkable woman.
Rosie Belton was a high achieving theatre director, producer and teacher, a casting agent, a company director, as well as being a wife, a mother of three adult kids and a grandmother of four. She was a human whirlwind who seemed to have endless energy and enthusiasm for everyone and everything around her.
Then one night, in a flash, it all changed. She fell while dancing at a wedding party. She hit her head and subsequently had two cerebral haematomas or brain bleeds. These have left her with a permanent brain injury and her life has not been the same since.
In this riveting story, it reads like a good novel which resulted in me reading it in one long sitting, she tells in a succinct and compelling manner her astonishing story from immediately prior to the accident through the surgery, through the long and slow recovery and the resulting debilitating effects of the hidden disability of brain injury.
JUST A BANG ON THE HEAD deserves the widest readership and will be especially valuable for the friends and family of those dealing with brain injured persons. I warmly recommend this outstanding book.
JUST A BANG ON THE HEAD was launched at the University Bookshop, Canterbury University, Ilam, Christchurch on Thursday 22 May, 2008