Sunday 14 March 2021

The Cracks That Let The Light In by Jessica Moxham BLOG TOUR @jessmoxham @RandomTTours @Octopus_Books #CracksThatLetTheLightIn


Jessica Moxham thought she was prepared for the experience of motherhood. Armed with advice from friends and family, parenting books and antenatal classes, she felt ready.

After giving birth, she found herself facing a different, more uncertain reality. Her son, Ben, was fighting to stay alive. When Jessica could finally take him home from hospital, the challenges were far from over.

In this hopeful memoir, Jessica shares her journey in raising Ben. His disability means he will never be able to move or communicate without assistance. Jessica has to learn how to feed Ben when he can't eat, wrestle with red tape to secure his education and defend his basic rights in the face of discrimination. As Ben begins to thrive, alongside his two younger siblings, Jessica finds that caring for a child with unique needs teaches her about appreciating difference and doing things your own way.

This uplifting story is about the power of family love, finding inner strength and, above all, hope.

The Cracks That Let The Light In by Jessica Moxham was published on 4 March by Octopus Books / Endeavour.  I'm joining the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour today with a spotlight post about this inspiring and impressive book.

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

'This is wonderful. I urge you to read it. It is life enhancing and I defy you not to fall in love with Ben!' Natasha Poliszczuk, Books Editor, You Magazine

'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

'Jessica's beautiful words gave me a deeper understanding about embracing disability. I am inspired and will be recommending this book to parents as a testament to following your parenting instincts.' Arabella Carter-Johnson, author of Iris Grace

“The Cracks That Let the Light In is about what happened when it felt like my life had fallen apart and how I put it back together. It’s about family, love and how to be happy when your life turns out nothing like you planned.”

Jessica Moxham is a writer with interest in the areas of parenting and disability. Her
eldest son, Ben, is severely disabled. She writes a blog called son-stories. com discussing how she and her family support him with his disability. Her blog is read by parents, health professionals and educators, among others.

Jessica has given lectures to health professionals on her family’s experience, from small groups of students to more than 100 doctors at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and has written for the Guardian on austerity and disability. She is also a qualified architect and has worked in London and the Middle East. Jessica now lives in London with her husband and three children, in the house she redesigned to suit Ben.

Follow Jessica on Instagram at @jessmoxham

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