In 1957, at the age of 9, Susan’s brother was in an adult
unit – a unit treating very seriously ill mental patients. In 1985, Susan’s brother took delivery
of an Aston Martin DBS.
The intervening 28 years hold a remarkable story about a man who
grew and prospered as a successful engineering professional, but started out as a dyslexic ‘slow
starter’, emotionally neglected and unwanted by his mother and sister.
Set in a Middle England which is recovering from the war, damaged buildings and infrastructure
have to be repaired, but also damage people and damaged lives.
This is based on a true history, a history that gives hope, a history that demonstrates how
simple acts of kindness by friends and neighbours can help someone overcome tremendous handicaps,
identity denial and family neglect to become a success both as a person and a parent.
There is also a message about those who learn to abuse as children and continue that abuse into
adulthood with their own children, and also about those in the extended family who turn a blind eye
out of a misplaced sense of family loyalty.
This book has some dark moments, but it is a book written to uplift. As it was related to James,
by Susan’s brother:
“I want this book to show that ordinary people, doing ordinary things, can help someone get
through the most appalling difficulties. If it wasn’t for the Tollhursts, I wouldn’t be here
Discover more background at the Susan's Brother website
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