Someone Special

“Really well written, amusing and uplifting. An inspiring story!”
– Katie Fforde, No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.
“It certainly is funny.”
– Anna King, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

“This is Fabulous!”
– Hayley Goleniowska, Britmums Special Needs Round-Up

“The author takes what must have been hideously embarrassing real life events and turns them into tales that make you want to chuckle and even laugh out loud.”
– Robin Jenkins, Gloucestershire Echo.

“Downright hilarious.”
– Closer Magazine.

Admittedly, that last comment is actually from a review of a different, far more successful memoir, but that does not mean it is not valid. As far as I know, nobody from Closer Magazine has actually read ‘Someone Special’ so we cannot be certain that they did not like it, and if they did, they would probably have written “Down-right hilarious” if it had occurred to them.

(All the other reviews are real though)


Jamie has Down’s syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is a beautiful, charming and lovable little boy, but he is also – how can we put this? – an exceptionally “challenging” child.

In this hilarious, heart-warming and unforgettable memoir, Jamie’s long-suffering dad shares a selection of side-splitting and occasionally poignant stories from Jamie’s unconventional childhood. Find out why he can never go back to his local library, and why the staff at his local swimming pool flinch whenever he arrives. The author also offers his own witty take on all sorts of topics connected to the subject of disability, and parenthood in general.

This book will be adored by anyone who has ever known someone with special needs, or has ever been a parent, or indeed, has ever learned how to read.

There are only so many times that you can hear people say “You should write a book about Jamie” before you eventually yell at them “All right! If I promise to do it will you stop going on about it?”

~ S.K.Dinning

PLEASE NOTE: This book was originally published as Don’t Let it Get You Down Syndrome

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