Talking to the Moon by S.E.Durrant

Published by Nosy Crow

A moving story of memories, mystery, friendship and family. I picked this book up and found I could not put it down. I was beguiled by Mimi, her memories and her funny ways. As the reader we can see a diagnosis of dementia down the line, but for Iris and her family, secrets are powerful.

Iris has moved in with her grandmother while her room is being re-decorated, and to get away from her twin siblings, who are two. She is loving her time away and loves Mimi. They go to the beach, they bake and Iris begins to write notes for Mimi. The notes are to remind Mimi of daily items, such as the cats name, tips for baking and the name of her granddaughter.

When a boy pokes his head through the hedge, Iris finds herself meeting Mason. He is exuberant and excitable. It is not an easy friendship to begin with but Mason presses on. His honesty towards Iris is refreshing but she struggles with some of his thoughts, especially the ones involving Mimi.

A pretty bracelet found in a shop and some of Mimi’s memories bring a past mystery and tragedy to light. Iris and Mason find clues about Mimi’s cousin Coral, who was believed to be drowned when she was very young. All clues point to Coral having survived the accident. Iris is hopeful they can find out more about her to share with Mimi. Believing that past memories can be important for Mimi, Iris and Mason press on with looking for Coral.

Mimi getting lost one afternoon shows Iris that secrets sometimes need to be shared. She must admit to some of the muddled up things that have been happening since she moved in. A problem shared is a problem halved and the community rallies around Mimi and Iris. A beautiful end to a story that will bring a tear to your eye.

Superbly written characters ensure the story is honest, true and heart wrenching and heart warming in equal measure. I adored Mimi and while some of her antics were funny, the seriousness of dementia is not lost within the story. This would be an incredible story to share with children, whether they know of someone with dementia or not.

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