An Interrupted Lunch - a story of stoke and rehabilitation' by Helen McIntosh, a stroke survivor, is a book which describes what it is like to have a stroke, the rehabilitation which follows and the building of a new life. ‘There was no answer and it was of no use trying to search for one.; ‘We have to take responsibility for our own recovery.’ Helen learned these two rules as she recovered from a stroke she had at the age of 43. This honest story of quiet achievement contains thoughtful reflections about the process of recovery, its joys and sorrows and the patience needed to achieve every step forward, however small. We laugh as Helen laughs at herself, and we cry as did Helen. Helen also gives us an insight into her strength. This story will be an inspiration for people moving through recovery as Helen did. However, it also has many lessons for professionals learning to work with people undergoing rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapist, occupational therapists and so on.' Dr Murray Seiffert formerly of The University of Melbourne and Director of Community Development, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.