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The Museum of Words : A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality - Georgia Blain

The Museum of Words

A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality

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Published: 28th August 2017
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In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia’s only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a bright spring day, as she was mowing the lawn, she collapsed on a bed of blossoms, blood frothing at her mouth.

Waking up to find herself in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital, she tries to answer questions, but is unable to speak. After the shock of a bleak prognosis and a long, gruelling treatment schedule, she immediately turns to writing to rebuild her language and herself.

At the same time, her mother, Anne Deveson, moves into a nursing home with Alzheimer's; weeks earlier, her best friend and mentor had been diagnosed with the same brain tumour. All three of them are writers, with language at the core of their being.

The Museum of Words is a meditation on writing, reading, first words and last words, picking up thread after thread as it builds on each story to become a much larger narrative. This idiosyncratic and deeply personal memoir is a writer’s take on how language shapes us, and how often we take it for granted — until we are in danger of losing it.

Georgia Blain

Georgia Blain has published five novels: CLOSED FOR WINTER, CANDELO, THE BLIND EYE, NAMES FOR NOTHINGNESS and the young adult novel DARKWATER. She was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists in 1998, and has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Two of her novels have been optioned for feature films, including CLOSED FOR WINTER, which was filmed as Elise in 2007. She has been published internationally, with her work appearing in publications such as Granta and The Independent Magazine. Her most recent book for adults BIRTHS DEATHS MARRIAGES was shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award in 2009. 


Georgia passed away on December 9th, 2016. She leaves a husband, the filmmaker Andrew Taylor, and a daughter, Odessa.

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ISBN: 9781925322255
ISBN-10: 1925322254
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 28th August 2017
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.51