Sophie Walker's moving and hugely inspirational memoir Grace Under Pressure has not only proved a huge hit with the media but with readers too.
The book has delighted readers across the board from famous names to anonymous Amazon reviewers. Below is what they had to say:
‘Grace Under Pressure is a beautiful book. It tugged on my heart strings in the most orchestral fashion. Well done’ Kathy Lette
‘Very powerful, very moving, and an important contribution to better understanding of a much misunderstood condition’ Alastair Campbell
‘This is a book about Asperger's Syndrome and a book about running, but it's so much more than that. It's at heart a love story, testament to the power of a parent's fierce devotion to their child. Any parent will see in it something of themselves’ Gaby Hinsliff, journalist and author of Half a Wife
‘Incredibly moving and inspiring. A mother always wants what's best for her daughter, but this mum has to really fight – and run – to get it’ Ruth Field, bestselling author of Run Fat Bitch Run
‘In my efforts to help people on the autism spectrum, I didn't fully understand the vivid pain of helplessness a loving parent might feel, when witnessing their Asperger child’s daily struggles to be accepted and loved; to feel like they belong. Sophie Walker does not let this pain stop her fighting for her daughter's right to a good education, free from bullying and ineffective measures, in the same way she does not let physical pain stop her running the London Marathon. Ms Walker shows her Aspergirl by example what it means to stay the course in the face of enormous, sometimes literal, uphill struggle’ Rudy Simone, author of Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome; Asperger’s on the Job and 22 Things a Woman With Aspergers Wants Her Partner To Know
‘This is such a well-written book. It is non-fiction, but so easy to lose yourself in. I could not put it down. Be prepared to shed a few tears – but it's worth it. A great read’ *****, Amazon
‘No surprise that Sophie Walker can write – she has serious pedigree as a journalist, covering big subjects and making the complex accessible. But her writing in her day job is good because it is dispassionate. And then she started blogging and somehow found it possible to bring the clarity and elegance of her journalism to the most personal of subjects: her beloved daughter Grace, her own struggle with depression and her discovery that running could give her the resilience she needs to cope with both. This book charts those discoveries and proves by turns deeply moving and mordantly funny. You'll find yourself cheering Sophie, and Grace, to the finish line’ *****, Amazon
‘Beautifully written, and a realistic look at how it is to be a parent navigating an autism spectrum diagnosis for their child. I have no doubt that Grace will grow up to be a superb young lady, and her story of this part of her life will do much to explain the mysteries, beauty and challenges of our lives’ *****, Amazon
‘Tears of despair, pain, rage and relief will flow as you read this beautifully written tale of a mother's love for her precious daughter whose differently-wired brain should make us all stop and think’ *****, Amazon
‘Wow. This is moving on so many levels. Sophie has produced a book so open and honest, that I read, wept, smiled and laughed. Sophie shares with us how running and writing helped her cope with the incredible challenges she and Grace have faced. But for me what shines out, apart from her love for her daughter, is that she would not accept ‘coping’ she strived to make herself stronger, for Grace to thrive and be proud of who she is, as well as, increasing our understanding of Aspergers. To have gone through all of that and produce a book that will help countless others makes me head back to my box of tissues. Inspirational’ *****, Amazon
Grace Under Pressure is available to buy now from all good bookshops. It is also available to download as an e-book from all the major e-book retailers, so you can read it on your Kindle, iPad, Kobo or Sony Reader. To find out more, visit Sophie Walker's blog: courage-is.blogspot.co.uk.
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