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Preston landmarks feature in new novel about dementia

Posted on - 4th March, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, UCLan
The Bus Station is one of the landmarks featured Pic: Tony Worrall
The Bus Station is one of the landmarks featured Pic: Tony Worrall

The Bus Station, Deepdale Stadium and the Forest of Bowland all feature in a new novel set in Preston.

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May explores the topic of dementia and is the first book by a lecturer in the city.

Naomi Krüger teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Central Lancashire.

She said: “I write about places I know: the bus station, PNE, the Forest of Bowland; places that can feel so familiar they start to seem unremarkable.

“I love the contrasts between old and new, folklore, history, industry, development and decline. I love the way imagination can lead to discovery, and point towards the extraordinary details beyond the surface of things.”

Naomi Kruger
Naomi Kruger

The inspiration for the novel came from Naomi’s visit to a family friend who had been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia.

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Naomi said: “I was surprised by the strength of my fear. All the most dark and negative associations came to mind. In reality my friend was still very much herself – cracking jokes, asking questions and recounting memories from my childhood that I had forgotten.

“I began to think about my own assumptions and how complex memory is. I wanted to portray a character struggling with changes in memory and perception, but also to explore her unique history, experiences, family and community. In the book May is more than a diagnosis, she is someone who has lost things but still has things to share and communicate.”

The book priced £8.99 is on sale from Monday 12 March.

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