Grace Williams Says It Loud and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 5 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Grace Williams Says It Lo... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Grace Williams Says It Loud Paperback – 1 Mar 2011


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£0.01 £0.01
£8.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Only 5 left in stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Grace Williams Says It Loud + Fingersmith
Price For Both: £15.28

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144470401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704013
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

'Henderson allows you to soar with Grace's imagination' (The Times book club )

'Startlingly assured, poetic and engaging - GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT LOUD introduces a new voice, one which I have no doubt we will be hearing much more of; I read it in two sittings, and am already looking forward to her next work.'

(Patrick McCabe )

'There is tenderness, joy, romance (not to mention inventive sex) and heartbreak. The language is tricksy, the subject disturbing. But this book is energetic, passionate and not easily forgotten.'

(Sunday Times )

'Grace's story from child to adult, told to stunning effect. Beautifully written, funny, sad and unforgettable, a love story like no other, it could be your book of the year.' (Choice )

'far more inspiring than a hundred feel-good tomes'

(Independent, Books of the Year )

'Mesmerising ... an incredible journey through love, loss, bittersweet triumph and disaster' (Sunday Herald )

'A quirky and clever debut... this is an honest and witty insight into mental illness.'

(Stylist )

'Grace's romance with Daniel, a "debonair" epileptic, is tender and convincing; the limber, musical prose peppered with brilliant descriptions...' (Independent on Sunday )

Book Description

A startling, first-person debut and a unique, spirit-soaring love story.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jack Bambury on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after listening to Emma Henderson on the radio. If you want an easy and unchallenging read then this is not for you. The author dazzles you with the experiences of the profoundly disabled Grace with her family at home and then at the Briar, a lumbering institution set in post-war Britain. Her world is one of monotony punctuated with jaw-dropping abuse and neglect, yet at the same time she lives in a blighted paradise of hilarity, of companionship, of tenderness and of love. With beautifully-wrought prose and an almost Asperger's attention to period detail, Emma Henderson grips you and shakes you, like Gunter Gras in The Tin Drum and Edgar Allen Poe in Fall of the House of Usher, and she will not let you go until you have finished, drained and so full of admiration.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L on 8 May 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an unsentimental account of a child with profound disabilities growing up and coming of age in institutions in the 1950s and 60s, and then finally settling into what is called `supported living'. It also details the impact that her disability has on her family. Grace, the narrator, recounts her story with no holds barred. She doesn't shy from letting us know about the messy practicalities of struggling with bodily functions and physical intimacy. Don't expect some coy or sanitised version of disability.

The physical, sexual and emotional abuse that Grace suffers is described graphically but in a way that is a million miles from the misery memoirs that utilise these things as their stock-in trade. Of course it isn't a genuine memoir though Emma Henderson makes a convincing stab at recreating one in what is, apparently, a creative rendering of the life of her own disabled sister.

The novel's matter-of fact tone renders it all the more powerful. Grace becomes almost inured to the casual cruelty she endures on a daily basis with little expectation of being treated any better, or of others recognising her intelligence or humanity. Fortunately she encounters a small number of people sensitive enough to see beyond her disability and these relationships help sustain her. Movingly, she discovers what it is to love and be loved.

Institutional life inevitably takes its toll on Grace and at times her behaviour appears to others to be challenging and bizarre, but mostly it is borne out of sheer frustration and pain.

In terms of awareness-raising it's a very worthy and worthwhile novel, but is it any good? Yes, thankfully, it is. It is wonderfully descriptive and honest. The language fizzes with originality.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wanted to adore this book, really I did- but I couldn't. I found it such a struggle to get into and nearly gave up on it several times. This book had the potential to be really fantastic, but for me it's distinctly average. After seeing other five star reviews on here, I do have to wonder if maybe I've read a different book from everyone else- but this book just really wasn't my cup of tea at all.

I liked the premise of the novel and in places it is well written- it's just for me the `good' bits are few and far between and don't compensate for the rest of the story. I do however think the author should be praised for tackling such a subject, and one which was clearly very personal to her.

I suppose my main problem with this book was that for me, the protagonists `voice' just didn't work; particularly as the plot jumps all over the place from present day to Grace as a child and then back again she recaps her memories so there's a *lot* for her to say. I found it very jarring and a bit disorientating if I'm honest, though I think even if the book had been a bit more linear it still would have made me feel this, as aspects of the prose used were clunky and disjointed. I felt the author was trying too hard to be poetic- she uses five words when one or two would have done instead. Sometimes Grace was also very loquacious, yet at other times lapsed into a more childish way of thinking, which didn't always make sense.

The book contains aspects of sexual and physical abuse from the medical professionals at the institution which was hard to read, as well as rather graphic descriptions of toilet habits, which the author certainly doesn't shy away from, so this book is certainly not for the faint hearted.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leicsliz on 24 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I have read which depicts a child with cerebral palsey as having intelligence and it 'says it LOUD'! Just because Grace can barely speak, does not mean that she is without intellect. This is an amazing book, which depicts Grace's life at a period of time when children with such disabilities were deemed ineducable and the word 'spastic' was in common useage. In early childhood after being diagnosed with cerebral palsey, Grace then contracted polio, thus compounding her disability.

Grace's life at the 'Briars' - a mental institution - is described in graphic detail - the mental and physical abuse, the descriptions of other disabled young people, the horrendous medical treatments Grace endured with stoicism and acceptance. Prior to this Grace lived at home with her brother and sister, but when her mother became pregnant again, Grace was put into institutional care -'The Briars'.

I loved the characterisation of Daniel, a physically disabled boy with bags of charm and personality. He can manipulate anything with his toes, as he has no arms. He and Grace form an enduring, loving relationship. It is a beautiful, tender love that flourishes between them.

As Grace remembers her life before entry into the 'Briars' the reader learns much more about Grace's early childhood at home with her parents. The wonderful warm, tenderness of her mother's feelings, her father's music. Other dark family secrets and tensions are revealed. Despite the fact that there is no real plot to this book, it kept my attention throughout.

I found this a wonderful book - realistic, poignant, tender and funny at times; it is beautifully written with superb detailed descriptions. I look forward to Emma Henderson's next novel.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback