My Book is Out!

The Cracks That Let the Light In: What I Learned From My Disabled Son is about the last ten years of my life, becoming a parent and then working out how to be Ben’s mother.

People often assume that having a disabled child is awful, a pity party. It isn’t. Some things about being Ben’s mother have been difficult, and my learning curve has been steep, but our lives aren’t miserable. In fact Ben is thriving and my children and I try, much like any family, to live the fullest and happiest lives we can. My book is about how being Ben’s mother has changed me for the better. It’s about family love and hope.

There’s a brief video of me talking about why I wrote the book and what it is about here:

An honest and unflinching account of Jessica’s journey as the mother of a child born with complex needs. Essential reading… and a source of solace for those who may find themselves on a similar path’ Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story 

A powerful, moving and inspiring story – it opens up a whole new world of understanding.’ Esther Freud

‘The Cracks That Let the Light In chimed so clearly with my own experiences of growing up with a disabled older sister and my feelings as a parent. The book reveals that disabilities only make people difference up to a point. And that parenting, and the love of a parent, is the same.’ Rory Kinnear

‘A universal story of family. This uplifting read sets out what it means to be human, how our similarities are far more obvious than our differences and the powerful force of maternal love. I loved every word of it.’  Rebecca Schiller, author and Co-founder of Birthrights

It is available to order now:

Bookshop.org

Amazon

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WH Smith

Foyles

Blackwells

One thought on “My Book is Out!

  1. Great launch. Great book. Quite fortuitously, watching your words on Prudence’s i-pad, your bit was immediately followed by video of Sam having a wild time on an ice rink, with, I think, George. It seemed to underline what you were saying.

    Books for all the people on the list below are on the way. James said you had cards to send so they could stick your signature in the book. Their addresses are all there, and a couple of comments where I thought the names might be unfamiliar.

    Already, another list of people who might deserve a great book is starting to farm in my my mind, so their might be a second tranche. Sadly, I do not know any journalists who cover this field, but am suggesting that they might widen their horizons. If only Mark Turnbull were still with us, he would have given you hours of Radio Cleveland air-time.

    Have you sent a copy to June Kelly, BBC Home Affairs correspondent ? Her brother is a friend of mine who could be relied on to bring it to her attention. I will see to it if you hav’nt.

    What a day, what an achiever!

    Love

    Paul

    *Anthony Wharton* Skelton Castle Marske Lane Skelton Saltburn By The Sea TS12 2HF

    *Cordelia Grimwood* Cordelia is an old college friend. She has no children, and rather doted on James when he was small. She supports her niece, Nadia, who has a son, Jason with a condition much like Sam’s. Jason is 36. She was a friend of Esther’s mother, Bernardine. 5. Hatchard Rd LONDON N19 4 NG

    *Judith Pettersen* Judith was Director of Children’s Services at H0unslow when Sam was born. She helped me a great deal, and urged me to support you in ways that were helpful. 1 Plantation Road, Oxford, OX2 6JD

    *Julia Korner* River House 52 Strand On The Green London W4 3PD

    *Nancy Kurisa* 52 Wise Avenue Kidlington OX5 2NL.

    *Katy Samuels,* Greenfields Powburn Alnwick NE66 4HR

    On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 12:15 PM Son Stories by Jessica Moxham wrote:

    > jess posted: ” The Cracks That Let the Light In: What I Learned From My > Disabled Son is about the last ten years of my life, becoming a parent and > then working out how to be Ben’s mother. People often assume that having a > disabled child is awful, a pity party. I” >

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