WATERSTONE’S of Winchester recently hosted a book launch for local author Judi Woodnutt.

We Appear to Have Lost the Time is based on the true story of a couple who succumbed to dementia within days of each other.

As their lives began to unravel, long held secrets came to light that proved to have a deep impact on the whole family.

During the launch, retired teacher Judi Woodnutt read extracts and explained her purposes for writing her book were: • to tell her own parents’ story; • to help relatives and carers draw comfort from knowing they are not alone in facing such a profound human challenge; • to raise funds from the proceeds of the book for Dementia Research and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Like many fellow carers, Judi found maintaining a sense of humour was the essential key to surviving the experience and it is through wry humour that the narrative of her parents’ story maintains optimism and makes the book ‘a good read’ for anyone, irrespective of their situation.

We Appear to Have Lost the Time is available (Price £8.99) from Waterstone’s and all good bookshops; online through Amazon and FeedARead.