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Patience (Hardback)

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Booksellers Association Book of the Month and LoveReading Debut of the Month



A new high-risk treatment gives you the chance to cure your child's disease. Do you take it? The Willows have been through a lot. Louise has devoted her life to caring for her disabled youngest daughter. Pete works abroad, almost never seeing his loved ones. And their eldest, Eliza, is burdened by all the secrets she's trying to keep from her overloaded family.



Meanwhile, Patience observes the world while trapped in her own body. She laughs, she cries, she has opinions and knows what she wants. But those who love her most - and make every decision about her life - will never know.



Or will they? When the Willows are offered the opportunity for Patience to take part in a new gene therapy trial to cure her Rett syndrome, they face an impossible dilemma. Are the very real risks worth the chance of the reward, no matter how small?



Praise for Victoria Scott:



'A wonderful, smart and funny book' Louise Fein, bestselling author of People Like Us



'Warm and honest, yet heartbreaking all at the same time. I adored every minute of it' Clare Swatman



'Inspired by truth, Patience and her family come alive on the pages. I felt every single emotion with them' Alice Peterson, author of Monday to Friday Man



'An eye-opening and heartwarming tale' Woman's Own



'I adored it' Kirsten Hesketh, author of Another Us



'A poignant page-turner' LoveReading

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 05/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9781800240889  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Victoria Scott has been a journalist for almost two decades, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Doha News and the Telegraph, and she is also a Faber Academy graduate. She lives near London with her husband and two children, and works as a freelance journalist, media trainer and journalism tutor. Patience is her first novel.

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Customer Reviews

A real eye-opener about the life of a family with a disabled adult child to care for. Patience has Rett’s syndrome which has prevented her from living life to the full; her family have loved and cared for her, entirely unaware of how much she takes in of the world around her. Elder sister Eliza tries her best to live life for both of them, for their parents’ sake. Mum Louise copes on her own most of the time as Pete, their dad, works abroad for the extra cash it brings in, necessary to cover expenses. Now there is the chance of getting Patience on to a trial which may – or may not – improve her quality of life and this begins to tear at the very foundation of this family. What will they decide and how will it affect them all? This is very different from my usual type of read, but it is really well-written with a good story as well as raising awareness of this dreadful condition. I sympathised with each member of the family and how Rett’s syndrome affected them, but over and above that it is a tale about family dynamics. A shining example of how alert a person can be even if they don’t look it! Each harbouring their own secrets, it is impossible to tell how it will end. An enlightening read and one I enjoyed. I’m very happy to give this one four stars.

- 18/08/2021
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