Pearl A Gardner


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12th January 2019

Please forgive me for neglecting this page. I was so disheartened after losing all my blog entries that I found it difficult to pick up the threads and start again. However, Happy New Year to you all. Let’s hope 2019 is a year filled with love and hope.

I’d really like to share some great news here. I have had some wonderful feedback through the years, but over the holidays, I heard that my real life drama, “It’s Penguin Shooting day,” is being considered for the reading list on a course for trainee nurses. I wrote this memoir using a diary I’d kept after my son-in-law had a car accident and was left with life changing injuries, not least of which was a badly fractured skull. I flew to the other side of the world to Australia to help my daughter look after her baby girl while her husband was being treated in Sydney. The story is harrowing in places, but funny and filled with hope too. See below what other readers thought, perhaps you might be persuaded to try this one. Or read the first chapter here.


Amazon Reviews for “It’s Penguin Shooting Day,”

5 star book, loved every minute of it. Will recommend to family, friends and work mates. Couldn't put it down. Excellent read

Really easy to read, providing an interesting account of the first few weeks/months following a severe brain injury. Told from the family's  perspective it is emotional and heart-warming. A must read for all  professionals who work with patients with brain injury as it gives an  honest account and provides valuable insight into their experiences after such a life changing event event.

I found it really interesting to read. I have a different type of brain  injury but I can identify with a lot of it. Well written, easy to read so difficult to put down

UP-DATE: I am amazed to realize that I read  and reviewed this book over two years ago. I can't count how many times since then that I've thought about this family. I've told their story  to others and had discussions about the effect of traumatic brain  injuries, not just on the victims, but on all the people who care for  them

As you can imagine, I was thrilled to hear the news that this book is being considered as recommended reading for trainee nurses. However, I’m a big believer in fate, coincidence, serendipity, or whatever you’d like to call it, and a few days after hearing this wonderful news, I came across the diary I had written more than 15 years ago, when my mum was diagnosed with lung cancer. I realised that here is another memoir ready and waiting to be turned into a book, but I’ll need a large dose of courage to revisit that time in my life. It seems the heavens are encouraging me to open up and tell her moving story, so watch this space.


15th September 2018

I’m having a meltdown! It’s been a while since I updated this website and when I went to start work on this task, I found I’d been hacked. Consequently, I have lost a whole year’s worth of input to the site, with no way to retrieve this. Please forgive me for taking time to rejig everything to get this back up and running.

Meanwhile, my latest book is available in all Amazon stores.