Matchstick Man: the story of a relationship


Matchstick Man: the story of a relationship

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored.

But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. Matchstick Man is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. 

An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Praise for Matchstick Man:
‘[A] candid, affecting and beautifully written account of living with Alzheimer’s.’
The Bookseller
‘Julia Kelly finds beauty in words A sad book about the loss of a mind and the conflicting layers or a relationship. We can only sigh in relief that such a talented writer was created in the process.’ 
Ruth Fitzmaurice, bestselling author of I Found My Tribe
‘One of the most heartbreaking books you will ever read. Yet somehow, at the same time, it is uplifting and life-affirming, and at times even funny [Kelly] writes beautifully and with great humanity.’ 
Irish Independent
‘Kelly’s talent is such that she is able to wring so much beauty, pathos and even humour from all this trauma… Matchstick Man challenges us to consider what a life is and, perhaps, to appreciate it all the more.’
Dublin Sunday Independent

Julia has been interviewed by the Dublin Sunday Independent, RTÉ Radio 1 and Ireland AM about her relationship with renowned artist Charlie Whiskers and the affect of his Alzheimer’s on their life together.

Matchstick Man is number 7 in the Irish Bestsellers Chart following its first full week of sales.