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