This Child of Ours
A daughter's cry for help is tearing her parents apart
By Sadie Pearse
'An important and moving story' Clare Mackintosh
This Child of Ours is an astonishingly insightful and touching debut novel from Sadie Pearse.
Why people love This Child of Ours...
'Excellent... An important and moving story'
'This book broke my heart and gently pieced it back together'
'Thought-provoking, moving and incredibly insightful'
If you've been watching and enjoying Butterfly on ITV then this book is perfect for you.
You know what's best for your child.
Riley Pieterson is an adventurous girl with lots of questions. There's plenty she doesn't know yet; what a human brain looks like. All the constellations in the night sky. Why others can't see her the way she sees herself.
When Riley confides in her parents - Sally and Theo - that she feels uncomfortable in her own skin, a chain of events begins that changes their lives forever. Sally wants to support her daughter by helping her be who she dreams of being. Theo resists; he thinks Riley is a seven-year-old child pushing boundaries. Both believe theirs is the only way to protect Riley and keep her safe.
With the wellbeing of their child at stake, Sally and Theo's relationship is pushed to breaking point. To save their family, each of them must look deeply at who they really are.
A story of a marriage in crisis and a child caught in the middle, this is a beautiful novel of parents and their children, and how far we're prepared to go in the name of love.
Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Laurie Frankel, Kate Hewitt and Jill Childs.
WHAT AUTHORS AND READERS ARE SAYING:
'I absolutely loved this book'
'A truly sensitive and involving novel about gender, identity and family'
'A fantastic read with a sensitive subject at its heart'
'Thought-provoking, nerve-wracking and poignantly relevant'
Sadie Pearse grew up in London, where she still lives with her family. She wrote stories as a girl, photocopying and stapling the pages together and selling them on her doorstep for 20p each. She then worked as an editor at a major publishing house, taught English in Latin America, and learned to surf, before starting to write again.
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10 Jan 2019
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Excellent read, perfect for book clubs... An important and moving story. — Clare Mackintosh
Sadie Pearse has written a truly sensitive and involving novel about gender, identity and family that has important things to say, but does so with warmth and great storytelling. It feels like a book that all modern parents should read — Keith Stuart
This book broke my heart and gently pieced it back together. It is original, sensitive and intensely moving and I was constantly questioning myself: what would I do. An incredibly accomplished novel. — Cathy Bramley
Heart-wrenching — Fabulous Magazine
An important story that will prompt discussion — Good Housekeeping
The kind of book that everyone will have an opinion on. Thought-provoking, moving and incredibly insightful. — Amanda Brooke
A thoughtful and sensitive account of parenting a transgender child and the emotional and practical challenges it raises. — Cath Staincliffe
Absolutely brilliant — Rachel Burton
There is nothing more I can say than I absolutely loved this book. What a sensitive issue, dealt with beautifully. — 5* Netgalley review
Thought-provoking, nerve-wracking and poignantly relevant — 5* Netgalley review
A fantastic read with a sensitive subject at its heart — 5* Netgalley review
Really really enjoyed this book about a subject I'd not really thought of before. — 5* Netgalley review