Come on Granddad

Come on Grandad by Edward Evans

Proudly supporting the sufferers of Alzheimer's: For every book sold, £1 will be donated.

Come on Granddad is a novel about the right way and wrong way of looking after someone with Alzheimer’s. It is a disease much feared, yet, as we see here, with the understanding and love of those surrounding the sufferer, much can be done to ease their condition.

When he shows the first signs of Alzheimer’s, David’s wife Phoebe is unsympathetic. She married him for his money, and now his changing behaviour threatens to embarrass her, so she just wants him locked away where no one will find him. However, David, knows his wife only too well and makes a will whilst he is still of sound mind, that cuts her out of any inheritance completely, unless she allows him to be nursed at home.

True love comes late and unexpectedly to David when he meets Constance. She is the one who supports him through the shock of diagnosis, and helps him cope with Alzheimer’s, as his condition worsens. Constance’s love gives him the calm and stability he needs…but also, at last, a joyful love affair.

Edward Evans’s novel offers a unique insight into the experiences and suffering of Alzheimer’s patients. David tells his own story through the thoughts he cannot communicate to others. As he charts the slow and painful destruction of his mind by this terrible disease, we share the horror and pain of Phoebe’s callous behaviour and the poignant last grasp at love in his relationship with the lovely Constance. At times shocking and almost unbearably sad, Come on Granddad is also a testament to the transformative power of love. Constance’s love nurtures David as his mind deteriorates, slows the process and makes the experience easier for all to bear. We see that in pain there can also be joy; we see that love can come at any age, and in Come on Granddad we share the happiness that David and Constance find with each other despite David’s illness.

Info: 260 pages | 234 x 156mm


ISBN 978-0-9571252-7-8



ISBN 978-0-9571252-9-2


16 responses to “Come on Granddad”

  1. Nicky Almond says:

    Nicky Almond – Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 04:27 PM
    We met last Sunday on the very cold and windy car park at Haworth when you asked me to let you know what I thought of your book. I couldnt put it down. It was written with empathy and understanding, a book I would recommend to my friends. I thoroughly enjoyed it, an excellent read.

  2. Tony Fretwell says:

    Tony Fretwell – Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 01:30 PM
    I bought your book “Come on Grandad” last Saturday in Haworth. Can I say it is an excellent read and I will be recommending it to my learners on return from half term break. It does as you said hold much of the information that explains the ins and outs of Dementia from the perspective of the affected individual, their carers, their families and friends. I don’t know if you recall, I was the chap who spoke with you and informed that I was teaching a class/award on Dementia and asked if you had any information that you could share and in turn that I could pass on to my learners. You asked that I emailed you. Finally with a huge thank you I ask if there is any message from you personally that you would want any persons working in support of people with dementia and their families to have and hold on to.
    I will be only too willing to include this as a personal message from you in my slides and information.
    Thank you Edward for the gift of awareness that has been provided within the contents of your book.

  3. scampi says:

    Paddy Andrews – Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM
    Saw Grandad and four others at the Maison de la Presse in Cavalière (F-83), bought it and am enjoying it, wondering how you will handle the dénouement; very interesting and insightful. My issue has to be with Kay Gale and others of her ilk: do publishers not proofread any more? Your excellent work was not improved for me by innumerable typos: principal for principle, for appearances sake without the \’, molding for moulding, punctuation missing where needed and in where not, sentences incompletely rewritten…__Do please keep writing, but talk to your people!__With best wishes

  4. Jean Thomas says:

    Jean Thomas – Monday, August 4, 2014 at 03:18 PM
    My husband purchased your book today I look forward to reading it as until my retirement 7 years ago I worked for local government elderly services, our service users were in various stages of alzheimer\’s. at one of my training courses I was given the poem \’crabbit old woman\’ which was said to be found among belongings of a care home resident in england after her death, it is obviously the female version of the one in your book, I wonder if you have read the nurses reply to this poem which in my working life I found to be so true. Kind Regards J Thomas

  5. Alla Kociurova says:

    Alla Kociurova – Monday, August 4, 2014 at 05:14 PM
    I have just finished reading this wonderful book, which I bought at the 1940s weekend in Haworth. I enjoyed reading it from the first pages of the book. This book describes a real life. Any disease is painful and stressful for all members of a family. And without the right support a sufferer gives up and waits his end._Unfortunately, people like Phoebe we can meet more often, than Constance. In my opinion, David was a lucky man because he met this lovely woman._I wept over of this part of the book:_

  6. Jean Claude Terlizzi says:

    Jean Claude Terlizzi – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 04:05 PM
    I was reading Ulysses when Andrée gave me Come on Granddad. Now, where was I? What’s the difference between JJ and EE? You can drop a book by JJ but when you’ve started reading a book by EE you just can’t. Edward you’re GREAT!
    Best wishes.

  7. Maureen Rolfe says:

    Maureen Rolfe – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 06:40 PM
    The story is very believable and really holds your interest, I have noticed you have other books which are available on kindle so may download at a later date. Hope you raise as much for this charity as you have for the various other charities you have assisted. Keep up the good work.

  8. Sue Carless says:

    Sue Carless – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 06:45 PM
    I bought the above book and Like a Fish out of Water from you in the car park in Haworth in June.__I mentioned at the time that my Dad was ex RAF and had had Alzeimers so you asked me to let you know what I thought._I saved both of them and others to read on holiday hence the delay. Once I started reading I could not stop, the support from Constance was so moving and did reflect so much we had learnt when looking after Dad. The contrast with Phoebe was again so convincing and at the onset of the illness you can see how initially one can be impatient , Mum was until we realised it was much more than forgetfulness ……. Unfortunately Phoebe was just cruel. You captured how frightening it can be which made me think of Dad, towards the end he would ask Mum if she had ever been married or if she had had any children. We used to look at old photos to help him remember and the joy on his face when he remembered something that we had sometimes forgotten was priceless. Happy days even though it was so hard watching disappear before our eyes.

  9. David Hoddle says:

    David Hoddle – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 06:49 PM
    Many thanks for getting back to me. Yes I did finish the “Come on Grandad” and passed it on to my partner to read on for herself (the Book at Bedtime approach wasn’t the best way for ME to enjoy the book). We both thoroughly enjoyed the read and if it was your intention to portray Phoebe as a true bit then you succeeded very well.

  10. Nick A D'Agostino says:

    Nick A D’Agostino – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 06:52 PM
    I have just finished your book whilst on holiday in Skiathos and I felt I had to write and let you know how much I enjoyed it._I have not read a book for over 20 years but here in Skiathos it was so relaxing it was a perfect opportunity._I purchased the book whilst visiting Haworth and you asked me if I would be good enough to buy with some proceeds going to the Alzheimer\’s association. I am not a big reader but I thought it was for a good cause and thought, well at least I won\’t get clamped either haha._Anyway thanks again for a fantastic read, carry on writing if you can._

  11. Adrienne Abbott says:

    Adrienne Abbott – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 07:05 PM
    I was a little dubious starting your book again as my clients suffer with the same illness as the character in your book, but by page 8 you had me in fits of laughter with Davids antics. I am now on page 90 and I am so loving the book…….congratulations to you, I am fully enjoying this book!

  12. Rachel Wilkinson says:

    Rachel Wilkinson – Monday, June 22, 2015 at 05:57 PM
    I bought your book on 26th April in the car park at Haworth. I kept forgetting to email you after I finished it so I’m finally doing it now. What an excellent read;a brilliant book. I look forward to reading another.

  13. Tracey Crossley says:

    Tracey Crossley – Monday, January 25, 2016 at 05:07 PM
    Hi Mr Evans,
    I bought your book whilst at the car park in Howarth and i want to say it is one of the most emotional, touching, loveliest books i have ever read. I read it it one evening! I couldnt put it down.

    Thankyou for writing such a lovely book and i believe you have wrote some more? Please could i have information on how i could order them.


  14. Vermersch says:

    Je referme ce livre avec une grande émotion. Quelle belle histoire d’Amour avec en toile de fond, cette triste et difficile maladie d’Alzheimer. J’ai été d’autant plus bouleversée par cette lecture que mon papa, malheureusement, est un autre David.
    “Come on Granddad” est un hymne à la vie, à l’Amour qui se lit d’un trait et que je recommande à tous.
    Merci MONSIEUR Evans !

  15. Nathalie Vermersch says:

    First, I wish you a Happy New Year, a very good health, and many great Adventures for 2017…

    And then, I would like you excuse me to tell you so late, how much I’ve enjoyed reading “Come on Granddad” in partuculary in french… (considering my low level in English) !

    As you know, my Dad develops this sad disease, and I learnt many interesting things in this story. How did you get all those informations ? I suppose you know people who suffer from Alzheimer’s…

    As regards my Father, no doctor pronounced the name of the disease, and therefore, my parents are in the denial, wich I think, do not help them to fight.

    I offered your very great book to my Dad, with the intention that he will understand.
    Sure, if I had a wish to make, It will be that all Alzheimer’s patients and their family can read “Come on Granddad”!

    Thank you Ted (and Liliane) to give us this pleasure to read…
    Kiss from your Cavalaire’s Friends !

  16. Mary-Jane Collinson says:

    Dear Mr Evans, Happy New Year!

    I didn’t know how else to contact you to thank you so, so much for kindly signing and sending me your book “Come on Granddad”. You didn’t attach a note of how to pay you for it – otherwise I would’ve sent you a cheque immediately! My mother is very pleased and I am so grateful. Keep well and all the best for the New Year.
    Best Wishes,
    Mary-Jane Collinson

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