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
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. From this point Alison's life drastically changed. In 2003 Alison left Scotland to live remotely in South West Wales with her husband, Greg, and their three children.