Entertaining, sad, funny, thought-provoking, this is a novel based on the life of an exceptional man, who happened to be intellectually handicapped.Inspired by the life of the author's intellectually handicapped brother, Ronald Downes, this novel is written in Ronnie's voice as he talks about important things. It's also about him needing all the looking after he can be getting, as we travel with this innocent abroad through an increasingly complex special school, from where eventually - having learnt about indee-pend-dancing - our hero graduates. He spends his middle years adapting to life with Mother, and then takes a further journey, this time twelve years living with 'Sissy' and her family.

Wednesday's Child by Val Bird (soft cover, good condition)