Books! Read books! Win Books!

I’m going to tell you about two lovely books I was sent to review and at the end of this post I’m going to give you a chance to win them.

So as you mostly know, I’m very interested in the siblings of people with (particularly) intellectual disabilities.

What is particularly nice about the books is the the symmetry. one book about being a sibling by a mother, and one that deals (partly) with being a mother by a sibling…



First up we have I Love You Natty: A Sibling’s Introduction to Down’s Syndrome produced by friend-of-the-blog Hayley Goleniowska of Downs Side Up.

It’s exactly what it sets out to be – it’s the book that a very young sibling can read with their family that gives a little bit of context for what’s going on. I think it’s best summed up by this page:


…and I’d happily recommend it.


The second book is a somewhat different animal. Nessie and Me by Samia Rida is a true novel, and it is powerfully written. It’s told in the first person of a child with special needs and, without giving too much away, deals with her journey though life and her relationships with her family. It’s a book I had to read cautiously – the subject matter is so well dealt with you worry that every page might be the one that breaks you as a person… and it’s rare to find a book that well grounded anywhere.


So I’ve got a copy each of Nessie and Me, and I love you Natty,  which are both beautiful books that need to be read. As a bit of a first for the blog I’m planning on giving them away to a couple of lucky readers. On the 31st July I’ll generate a couple of random numbers and use those to pick one of the blog subscribers who will receive the book. So if you’d like to get your hands on one of the copies – then subscribe!

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