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Book Group: 'Four Umbrellas: a couple's journey into young-onset dementia' by June Hutton & Tony Wanless


Staff member
Apr 29, 2014
Hi everyone,

Have you read 'Four Umbrellas: a couple's journey into young-onset dementia' by June Hutton and Tony Wanless, or would you like to?

You can get the book from Bookshop.org or Hive, or you can also get the paperback or Kindle ebook from Amazon.


Here's a summary:

A writing couple searches for answers when Alzheimer's causes one of them to lose the place where stories come from - memory.

At the age of fifty-three, Tony walks away from a life of journalism and into an unknown future. June is forty-eight, a writer and teacher, and over the following decade watches as her husband changes - in interests, goals, and behaviour - until Tony has a fall, ending the life they had known.

A diagnosis is seven years away, yet the signs of Alzheimer’s are all around. A suitcase Tony packs for a trip is jammed with four umbrellas, a visual symbol of cognitive looping. But how far back do these signs go? The couple starts probing the past and finding answers. This is not an old person’s disease.


If you've read this book and would like to share your thoughts with our magazine, please comment below or email magazine@alzheimers.org.uk by 4 May 2021. They'd love to hear what you think, and your comments may be included in a future issue :)