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An inspirational, life-affirming memoir from the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Having grown up on their great-grandfather’s stories, Royd Tolkien and his brother, Mike, have always enjoyed adventures. So when Mike is diagnosed with motor neurone disease, also known as ALS, the brothers decide to use the time they have left to tick off as much as possible from Mike’s bucket list, from remote camping in Norway to travelling through Royd’s beloved New Zealand.

Yet, when Royd loses Mike, he discovers his brother had been writing another kind of bucket list: 50 things he wanted Royd to do after his death. His first task? Mike wants his mild-mannered brother to trip up on his way to the lectern to deliver his eulogy. What follows is a set of emotionally charged tests that will push Royd firmly out of his comfort zone.

This is the story of Royd’s journey to accomplish a challenging, humorous, and often heartbreaking list of unknown tasks that chart the brothers’ lives from childhood to adulthood. But above all, it is a story of the sibling bond, of grief - and of treasuring every moment.

©2021 by Royd Tolkien. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Linda
  • 09-09-2021

I thoughtful and touching book

This is a beautiful book telling a story of the love between two brothers, One who tragically died too soon and gets his brother to fulfill his bucket list. It is full of stories of the amazing tasks that was waiting for him, Royd swallows his fears or embarrassment to complete the tasks. It also takes you through the beauty and exciting opportunities that New Zealand has to offer. Although there was some sad, emotional parts, I think you will enjoy this book.

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  • Mary Lou
  • 06-09-2021

Fulfill Lifes Dreams

the bucket list compiled by Mike Tolkien, takes his brother Royd Tolkien, on adventures that often take Royd out of his comfort zone. I admired Royd's courage and comitment to complete Mike's bucket list. Royd exhibits patients and compation as he cared for his brother with a terminal illness. I marveled at Royd's determiation care for and to keep Mike as comfortable as possible.

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  • TATA
  • 30-08-2021

emotional and great

I really must say I wasn't expecting this story to be the way that it is but I'm glad that Roy was able to experience his brother bucket list it was a very emotional story but I'm happy that he shared it with us

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  • KC
  • 29-08-2021

A sad story Of ALS

My brother in law died from ALS. It's a horrible death, they keep looking for answers. we got the diagnosis a week before he died after struggling so long. I am glad you knew and could prepare, Mike sounds awesome as was Kevin. Kevin had 6 brothers concerned as well as a wife. I am glad Mike had the bucket list for you. I know you will remember the good times with him. Thanks for sharing his story for those memories and the progress and stages of the horrible ALS.

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  • Trish
  • 20-09-2021

Very moving

I laughed and cried the whole way through this book. What an inspiration. Thank you for telling both your stories.

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  • Josie
  • 13-09-2021

Brilliant

A wonderful story of how MND affects families and of the bond between Royd and Mike. Thank you for writing it and raising awareness.

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  • cecilia rogers
  • 15-08-2021

Brotherly love

Incredibly touching funny and emotional a friend bought me this book which as l myself was diagnosed with MND was sometimes hard to read my husband family and friends have been amazing but l know this journey will be tough for me but even harder for them to watch

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