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Letter to Louis

Alison White

This is a memoir about a mother’s love for her son, Louis. It is addressed to him. It combines the spare prose of a Drabble novel with the emotional impact of The Last Act of Love.

This book is essential reading for anyone who has ever moaned about their taxes going pay for disability services: it should be legally required reading for anyone in the medical profession or anyone with the power to decide about cuts to those devices. – Louise Doughty, Observer

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571335633
Date Published
18.01.2018
Delivery
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Summary

This is a memoir about hope – hope in others, hope in systems, and hope for the future.

I’ve never quite known where to begin when someone asks me what I’ve been up to. I’ve never quite known how to explain what our daily life is like. I wanted to write how it is in order to give others a greater understanding of disability and caring. And to be totally honest, I wanted to write something that would make people consider being Louis’s friend.

So here is me introducing you: Louis, this is your story. Readers, this is my son.

Critic Reviews

[Letter to Louis] reveals with unflinching candour the impact of a disabled child on parents and siblings, on their careers, and their financial security… [but] it is a funny and joyous story, a celebration of a different life, as well as a howl of maternal anger and despair.

Mail on Sunday
Critic Reviews

‘White’s frank memoir yields a deep understanding of disability, and her voice reverberates with strength and tenderness.’

TLS
Critic Reviews

Superbly written memoir ... [An] unflinching, unsentimental, life-enhancing book, which should be required reading for politicians, health workers and all of us who should care for carers everywhere – indeed, for anyone who has a heart'

Glasgow Herald
Critic Reviews

Above all this book is a plea for understanding, for the rest of society to pause for a while when they encounter someone like Louis or his parents... This book is essential reading for anyone who has ever moaned about their taxes going pay for disability services: it should be legally required reading for anyone in the medical profession or anyone with the power to decide about cuts to those devices.

The rest of us should read it for an acute insight into just how lucky we are.

Louise Doughty, Observer
Critic Reviews

‘I only meant to have a quick look and I’ve finished Letter to Louis. It’s so good - a beautiful piece of writing that really did have me gripped from the first page... What an achievement.’

Cathy Rentzenbrink
Critic Reviews

Completely compelling and told in beautifully elegant prose, the book swept me away - it not only takes us on Louis’ journey, it’s ultimately a heartfelt and moving love letter to a son.

Kate Hamer
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Alison White grew up in Sheffield, studied in Leeds and moved to Glasgow, where she set up her own landscape architecture business. In 1996 Alison’s first child, Louis, was delivered by emergency caesarean section at thirty-two weeks’ gestation. He suffered severe brain damage due to her undetected pre-eclampsia within hours of his birth, and has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.…

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