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Love comes in many guises and on Valentine s Day it is all too easy to focus on the romantic love between couples but as this lovely book reminds us, love is all around us, and it s often the smallest things which make all the difference.In this memoir of tiny dramas the author focuses on the strength of family, of the need to belong, and of the values instilled into us by our relationships with our significant others, and not just in a romantic way but also in a familial way And by using the Love comes in many guises and on Valentine s Day it is all too easy to focus on the romantic love between couples but as this lovely book reminds us, love is all around us, and it s often the smallest things which make all the difference.In this memoir of tiny dramas the author focuses on the strength of family, of the need to belong, and of the values instilled into us by our relationships with our significant others, and not just in a romantic way but also in a familial way And by using the example of his grand parents, the author takes us through the recollections he has of staying with them, and how these visits affected his upbringing and yet, what really shines throughout the book is the the love he had for his grandparents, and of the gradual realisation that they wouldn t be around forever.This is a beautifully written memoir, which struck quite a few chords with me as my own mother is 97 and in a nursing home Some days she doesn t know who I am or of my association with her and this really hurts as I feel like I have lost the person she once was, and yet, there are still lovely moments when she surprises me and I can see that beneath the mask of dementia, she loves and remembers who I am and what I mean to her.We take for granted those who mean the most to us and yet as this book so beautifully describes they really do hold the keys to who we really are The Smallest Things is an enjoyable short read about the importance of appreciating family Author Nick Duerden recalls annual visits to his maternal grandparents in Milan over the years and his memories, both good and bad, of these visits.For many people, it is only as our parents or grandparents begin to age, that we begin to realise that when they are no longer with us, all their stories have gone too With the author s father being largely absent from his life and his mother dying young, his The Smallest Things is an enjoyable short read about the importance of appreciating family Author Nick Duerden recalls annual visits to his maternal grandparents in Milan over the years and his memories, both good and bad, of these visits.For many people, it is only as our parents or grandparents begin to age, that we begin to realise that when they are no longer with us, all their stories have gone too With the author s father being largely absent from his life and his mother dying young, his Italian grandparents are his only link to his past.As the title suggests, there are no great events in this book Rather it is an appreciation of the small happenings which make up everyday life and whose importance are all too easily overlooked I particularly enjoyed the small sections at the end of each chapter sharing Nonna s wisdom on the rituals and the correct way to, among others things, clear a table, prepare lunch and how to honour and respect Nonna s way is clearly the right way and not to be questioned A beautifully written and thought provoking memoir, this is the kind of book that will make you look with fresh andappreciative eyes at your own older relations &FREE DOWNLOAD ☝ The Smallest Things: On the Enduring Power of Family - A Memoir of Tiny Dramas ☠ It is easy to take for granted the things that are always around us, the people who are always there And yet they often hold the keys to who we really areNick Duerden s grandparents were always just there A mysterious yet unchanging presence, a source of dutiful visits, birthday cards and carefully preserved rituals lunches, dinners and endless card gamesBut, as he enters midlife, and hisyear old grandmother enters a care home, he realises that, like so many of us, he should perhaps have paid attention to her true worth years beforeAs Nick goes in search of the secrets his late mother took to the grave, he finds it can be the smallest things that keep us together when so much is left unspoken This is a memoir of the tiny dramas that fill all our lives, and a celebration of the special ties that can bind two intimately connected strangers Tender and poignant, it captures the richness, and also the complexity, of family life Beautifully written, touching and searingly honest An excellent read Christina Patterson, author of The Art of Not Falling ApartPraise for Nick Duerden Wise and tender A L Kennedy Fascinating and moving Cathy Rentzenbrink Intelligent, incisive Meg Rosoff