Review of The Journey I Don’t Remember by James Shover From Staff Reviewer Laura Lyndhurst


This isn’t a work of fiction. It’s one man’s story about a dramatic change in his life that happened in a few seconds and will last a lifetime. He was working with his teammates when James took a blow to the head from a 15-pound tool. The bump suggested the need for a medical check, where he was told it was just a concussion and he’d be fine.

The outgoing, well-mannered and confident man is turned into somebody with migraines, sudden bursts of anger, self-doubt, self-loathing and extreme depression. His personality changes from the date of his accident, but the agency responsible for making industrial injury payment refuses to admit that the brain injury is due to his accident. They say the resulting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not connected, and therefore no compensation is due. He wasn’t fine—and the next seven years were a nightmare of litigation and medical reports in a fight to get financial restitution for this industrial accident.

Although James tries to work to bring money in, Dr Diamond convinces him that he has to stop working or his health will decline. His ever-supportive wife Anna works all hours— and her supporting the family single-handedly is another cause of his depression.

James receives what is his by right with help from Dr Diamond, a lawyer and a landlord. His family are supportive, his wife superhuman, although their relationship suffers, and James has to learn to be a househusband while Anna works. He still suffers, but he survives.

This is an up-front and honest telling of a depressingly familiar story. The fat-cats of bureaucracy use and discard workers’ rights. If you like the idea of social justice winning out against the odds, this is a book for you. Recommended.

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