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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.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571335640
Date Published
03.01.2019
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Summary

AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4

‘A searingly honest depiction of raising a disabled child . . . Intimate, sometimes heartbreaking and often funny, this letter of love is essential reading.’ Mail on Sunday

‘It’s so good – a beautiful piece of writing that really did have me gripped from the first page. What an achievement.’ Cathy Rentenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

‘Heartbreaking . . . beautifully written . . . in equal measure, admirable, uplifting, terrifying.’ Louise Doughty, Observer

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

A searingly honest depiction of raising a disabled child . . . Intimate, sometimes heartbreaking and often funny, this letter of love is essential reading.

Mail on Sunday
Critic Reviews

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 . . . It’s a heroic book about hope.

Herald
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Heartbreaking . . . beautifully written . . . in equal measure, admirable, uplifting, terrifying.

Louise Doughty, Observer
Critic Reviews

It’s so good – a beautiful piece of writing that really did have me gripped from the first page. What an achievement.

Cathy Rentenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
Critic Reviews

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

Times Literary Supplement
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Profoundly moving . . . frank and open-hearted but unsentimental.

Yorkshire Times
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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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