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Mongol [Kindle Edition]

Uuganaa Ramsay
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"Exteremely interesting…emotionally engaging" (Stuart Kelly). Uuganaa is a Mongol living in Britain, far from the world she grew up in: as a nomadic herder she lived in a yurt, eating marmot meat, distilling vodka from goat's yoghurt and learning about Comrade Lenin. When her new-born son Billy is diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, she finds herself facing bigotry and taboo as well as heartbreak. In this powerful memoir, Uuganaa skilfully interweaves the extraordinary story of her own childhood in Mongolia with the sadly short life of Billy, who becomes a symbol of union and disunion, cultures and complexity, stigma and superstition – and inspires Uuganaa to challenge prejudice. Mongol is the touching story of one woman's transformation from outsider to fearless champion of love, respect and tolerance. It's a moving tribute by a remarkable woman to her beloved baby son, testifying to his lasting impact on a sometimes imperfect world.


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'A gripping read that will touch your heart... an enthralling tale, beautifully written. Moving and uplifting.' --Sheila Grant, NewBooks Magazine.

'An interesting narrative of considerable cultural insight and cross-cultural value.' --Colin Nicholson.

'Thought-provoking insight... honest and heart-wrenching.' --Penny Green, Down's Heart Group.

About the Author

Uuganaa Ramsay was born in Mongolia and grew up in a yurt, living a nomadic life eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yoghurt. After winning a place on a teacher-training course she came to the UK, and now lives in Scotland. She wrote Mongol with the help of the Janetta Bowie Chalice Non-Fiction Book Award from the Scottish Association of Writers. It is her first book.

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Uuganaa Ramsay was born in Mongolia and grew up in a yurt, eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yoghurt. After winning a place on a teacher-training course she came to the UK, and now lives in Scotland with her family.

On 13th March 2014, Uuganaa won the Scottish Asian Women's Award For Achievement Against All Odds presented by Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland. This award recognises the achievements of a Scottish Asian woman in the face of adversity and challenging circumstances - a true modern day heroine.

MONGOL, her first book won the Janetta Bowie Chalice Non-Fiction Book Award from the Scottish Association of Writers.

She started writing after her son Billy's death in 2010 and she writes a blog to Billy at www.billybuuz.blogspot.com. Her articles have been published in different magazines and she campaigns against the misuse of the term 'mongol'.

www.mongolmemoir.com

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding Read 10 Dec. 2013
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In ‘Mongol’ by Uuganna Ramsey the reader is taken on a heartfelt journey from the remoteness of her childhood in Mongolia with its political transition to the west of Scotland where she now lives. Through her son Billy’s short life Uuganna campaigns for Down’s syndrome informing those who misguidedly use ‘Mongol’ as a derogatory term insulting the heritage of a very proud people.
This is an informative open account of one mother’s love and helplessness which fuels her passion to raise awareness in Down’s syndrome. Young people would certainly benefit were schools to include this book in reading lists.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 11 Dec. 2013
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A poignant and moving memoir combining a fascinating account of the author's early life in Mongolia with the story of her son Billy, born with Down's Syndrome. The contrast between rural Mongolia and life in the west of Scotland is wonderfully evoked and the heartbreaking tale of Billy is beautifully described. This is a book that brought tears to my eyes several times but left me hugely uplifted by the strength and courage of Uuganaa and her amazing journey. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book is two stories merged into one. Uuganaa tells of her childhood in Mongolia,herding sheep,living in a Ger and learning to distil vodka from yougurt.Her childhood was probably the complete opposite of being young in the UK but what came across was how loving it was and how close all her extended family were to each other.Uuganaa always wants to see the world and eventually she moves to the UK and meets her future husband,here the second story begins as when her third child is born the doctor tells her he has Downs Syndrome he then changes his mind and says he was confused because of her son's Mongolian features. Billy did indeed have Downs Sydrome and lost his fight for life at three months old. Uuganaa begins writing letters to Billy in a blog and to keep his memory alive she has written her memoir.
This book is beautifully written and I love the way it starts and ends with her baby son Billy.You won't read this book without shedding a few tears but there are many lighthearted moments as we share Uuganaa's journey from one culture to another.
The word Mongol is used by some people as a derogatory term and Uuganna is campaigning to try and stop this as she and everyone who lives in Mongolia are proud to be Mongols.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting read 4 Jan. 2014
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This book moved me on several different levels, connecting with many emotions. I laughed, I was surprised, shocked, educated and, as a mother, I was unable, at times, to stop the tears rolling down my cheeks. My admiration for the author knows no bounds - a truly remarkable woman. The reader can see how her upbringing made her resilient, adaptable and strong enough to move so far from her home and family.
The fact that she decided to take on the world and its prejudice fills me with admiration - what a legacy for her son Billy and tribute to other lost babies.
I feel privileged to have had an insight into another culture and another woman's life. Mongol is an uplifting read and one I would recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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As a child in '60s Britain the very name (Outer) Mongolia suggested to me distance, remoteness, other-worldliness even. In the late '80s I had the opportunity to work there and indeed it did seem a bit like a different world - but such a fascinating one. It was socialist (of the Soviet variety) with a rural economy characterised by nomadic pastoralism. Earlier this year I came across an excerpt from 'Mongol' on the web and my interest was piqued. This book is the story of a young girl growing up during the last years of socialism. It is about ordinary family life in rural Mongolia and, if you have been to Mongolia then, like me, you will find yourself reading about scenes that are so typically Mongolian but learning a lot that is new as well. If you have not been there then you will find this book a captivating insight into a very different culture. Mongolia is changing fast and this memoir describes some aspects of life which have now gone completely. The author also describes leaving her childhood home and moving to Ulaanbataar (the capital city) to study followed by further studies in the UK, meeting her husband there and finally settling in Scotland.

But the book is much more than this. At its core, it is the story of the birth and brief life of a much-loved child; a boy with Down's syndrome, born to a Mongolian mother living in Scotland. The author writes candidly about this experience, including the unwelcome revelation that 'Mongolism' was, and in some cases remains, the term used in Britain and elsewhere to describe Down's syndrome. Indeed, it was this that in part provided the stimulus for the author to write the book. It is difficult to do justice to this aspect of the book in a review such as this. You need to read it to appreciate it properly.

Mongol is very well written and easy to read. It is informative, delightful, moving and poignant; all-in-all a wonderful book that this reviewer has no hesitation in recommending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 10 Dec. 2013
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A fascinating insight into a culture and childhood so very different to anything I knew. Billy was a lucky baby to be loved so much and this book is a wonderful tribute to him. Beautifully written and well paced, enough detail without being overlong, this was a book which will stay with me for a long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars review
What a tear jerker , but a wonderful tale of Uugammas life in Mongolia.She is such a wonderful mum and I m sure her husband is a wonderful dad too.
Published 3 days ago by Ks And Rm Barclay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 10 days ago by David Sewell
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to learn so much about Mongolian culture and the ...
Wonderful to learn so much about Mongolian culture and the 'coincidence' that the author's son had Down's Syndrome, and doctors weren't sure whether he just looked as he did... Read more
Published 12 days ago by absg
5.0 out of 5 stars Author takes you on a journey that is sad at times
Mongol is an exceptional book.based on real life experience. Author takes you on a journey that is sad at times.
Published 14 days ago by andrew sked
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving tribute
This is memoir that will stay with me. From the author's childhood in Mongolia through to her adult life and the short by much loved life of little Billy, it was very moving.
Published 19 days ago by music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story, would love to find more true life ...
Really lovely book,going back to when living in Mongolia to where she finally settled In Scotland was well written and for once I didn't get confused with going back to growing up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs K M Woolfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, wouldn't read twice
Rather poorly written and a little difficult to read at times. Wouldn't read again.
Published 3 months ago by butterley
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting story, incredibly emotive
i found this book to be very interesting, learning about the authors heritage and how she came to be where she is. the story is just the right length. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nicnac
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
An amazing journey from Mongolia to Scotland, the author makes you live her experiences and brings the culture of Mongolia straight to the reader.
Published 3 months ago by Must read
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and thought provoking
Published 3 months ago by Ms G M Clarke
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