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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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Love and Remembrance

Great love is rarely written so honestly. Through Royd we know Micheal, through Royd's love of Michael we know Royd. Two lives lived well. It's silly, joyful, wrenchingly sad, and a beacon of persistent devotion. And now I must visit New Zealand.

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I didn't want the book to end

It has been a long time since I have read a book there had such a wonderful impact on me. I know I will read it again. And it will always be in my life. Having lost my brother who was the closest person to me , and I miss him every day. Thank you for writing this wonderful book

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Life after lost is a New Journey

I feel a special connection to this story, because I also lost my brother to a tragic illness and I feel somehow related to the author's pain although our life experience is so different. I'm glad he seems to doing well despite his lost. Its a good book.

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A love story

This is the story of two brothers, one of whom gets a horrible terminal illness. He leaves a bucket list for his brother to complete on his behalf. It's sometimes quite sad, but also beautiful and sometimes funny. I found it well worth my time.

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Love of 2 brothers

What an amazing story and really brings awareness to NMD or ALS. As a nurse and caregiver of a significant other who had a devastating stroke I can appreciate the loving care given to Mike by his brother.

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A beautiful and moving story

Thank you Royd for sharing your and Mike’s story. It is clear that you two shared a special bond. This is a wonderful and very moving intertwined story of Royd completing a bucket list of 50 things bequeathed to him by his late brother Mike who died of MND, and the process of caring for Mike as MND progressed to its inevitable conclusion. You should listen to the book - and also please go and help your local MND charity- thank you.

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Fulfilling someone else's bucket list is a testament to a the brothers' deep relationship. life lessons come from enduring the hard times.

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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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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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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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  • 10-17-21

A good story. Very well written. Full of emotion.

Full of emotion and love for between brothers,. Really makes you appreciate life's blessings.

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  • 09-20-21

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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  • 09-13-21

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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  • 08-15-21

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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  • 10-02-21

Perspective

You just never know where life will take you & when you might get devastating news like the diagnosis Mike received.

This book gave me much needed perspective on life. The narrative Royd goes through before attempting many of these challenges was particularly impactful. Wouldn’t most of us feel the same before attempting a similar challenge. Through Royd we get to see these fears just hold us back. They don’t necessarily keep us safe. Royd doesn’t shy away from his grief which is powerful all on its own.

The love & bond these guys share is beautiful. We all deserve that.

Can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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