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5.0 out of 5 stars A small boy who had mountains to climb and the cat who helped him reach his potential
When Fraser met Billy: ‘The rescue cat that transformed a little boy’s life’ tells the extraordinary story of Fraser, a little boy with autism and Billy, the unassuming grey cat who changed his life.

When Fraser was born, his mother, Louise, realised that there was something wrong with him but no one listened to her, or took her concerns...
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3.0 out of 5 stars when fraser met billy
started out promising but then seemed repetitive . Good background of living on the Balmoral estate. A very easy read
Published 9 months ago by jill bond


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small boy who had mountains to climb and the cat who helped him reach his potential, 14 Feb 2014
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P. Dewberry "Editor of www.thedailymews.com" (Nr Erith, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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When Fraser met Billy: ‘The rescue cat that transformed a little boy’s life’ tells the extraordinary story of Fraser, a little boy with autism and Billy, the unassuming grey cat who changed his life.

When Fraser was born, his mother, Louise, realised that there was something wrong with him but no one listened to her, or took her concerns seriously. The health visitors told her to give him more love and Fraser was 18 months old before he was diagnosed with autism and hypotonia (a muscle tone condition that affected his ability to walk or use his hands). Louise and her husband Chris were given the devastating news that Fraser would never go to mainstream school.

Chris’s job took him to the Balmoral Estate in Scotland so the couple moved with Fraser, who was only a few weeks old, to a beautiful, but isolated cottage in the grounds of the Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle.

Billy had been abandoned, left in a house to fend for himself, when Fraser was three years old. His temper tantrums were escalating and Louise was having a very difficult time. When Fraser first met Billy, the cat purred and laid his paws upon him. A new period in Fraser’s life had just begun and miracle after miracle lined up in the wings courtesy of the angel Billy and his seemingly unfaltering understanding of what Fraser needed.

It’s well documented the healing power of animals, especially cats. Their calming influence and benign natures prove, time and time again, that they instinctively know what makes us humans tick and they hone in on our feelings and emotions. So it was with Billy. Bedtimes were always a screaming match and took hours for Fraser to settle. Once Billy was on the scene, purring his reassurance Fraser calmed down and the bedtime routine was no longer a long, drawn out fraught affair.

Fraser couldn’t negotiate the stairs but given some special Piedro boots to aid his balance, and with Billy waiting half way up the stairs, Fraser learned to climb the stairs. He would always be rewarded with a gentle headbutt and purrs from Billy.

Louise thought she was imagining things at first as events which would normally cause Fraser to go into meltdown gradually became ’normal’ and more manageable; Billy was usually nearby and Louise began to put two and two together.

The book is full of wonderful anecdotes of Billy’s patience and understanding of Fraser’s special needs but it also chronicles the heartbreaking miscarriage that Louise suffers and her downward spiral into depression.

Perhaps the most amazing thing of all was when Fraser started mainstream school and proved all the consultants, health officials and physiotherapists wrong. All the usual childhood milestones that were going to be off-limits to Fraser were eventually gained with the help and constant presence of Billy.

As the press release said ‘Louise is a strong, determined and resourceful mum. Billy is an extraordinary cat. Their profoundly moving story will touch everyone who reads it.’

I was greatly moved by this book. Having had cats for the past almost 30 years and knowing first hand of their incredible intuitive sense from my own experiences, I can guarantee that this is a book that will really make you feel good. You might, if you’re not a cat owner, decide to go out and get a cat. But if you already have a cat or cats, then you’ll look at your friend(s) and nod with the silent recognition that all cats are special and have a great deal to offer us humble humans.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Fraser Met Billy, 13 Feb 2014
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Penny Rimmington (Yorkshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I'm a sucker for a book about cats - but this is no ordinary cat. It's about Billy a cat rescued from an abandoned house and the remarkable bond he shares with his young autistic owner Fraser who also has a range of conditions. When they are introduced to each other they form an instant friendship which was to transform both their lives thanks to Billy's calming effect. Louise Booth hopes by writing this book it will help other families facing the same problems, despair and isolation. It's a beautifully written book, heartwarming and inspirational.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haven't put it down, 19 Feb 2014
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While driving from Nottingham to Glasgow last week I listened to Louise being interviewed on the radio. Tears started to well up in my eyes. Today the title When Fraser met Billy popped into my head. Downloaded the kindle version and read it in one go. A remarkable story of a boy and his cat and a loving dedicated family who stuck to the task, through thick and thin.
The story so far, how a young child diagnosed as autistic is befriended by a rescue cat and of a mother who is not "mad" but who has amazing insight into the understanding of the partnership between humans and animals. A must read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming and thought provoking, 12 Feb 2014
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I don't normally read a lot but this is one of those books I couldn't put down its Heart Warming and thought provoking Absolutely Brilliant an eye opener
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and heart warming, 17 Feb 2014
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Amazingly frank account of the life of an extended family, human and animal, when one member is on the autistic spectrum. Never again will you raise an eyebrow when you witness a child having a tantrum, instead you will offer a helping hand, fold that buggy up, lift that shopping into the car. As the author herself says if this books helps one parent it will be worth it. Oh and Billy, what a beautiful gifted member of this courageous family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fraser and billy, 19 Feb 2014
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Hundred percent. ...a wonderful story about an Autistic

little boy who was given his own cat who became his very best friend and d helped him to develop his confidence in so many ways...... starting school and making friends An amazing and very moving story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly moving story ...., 15 Feb 2014
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The Booth family journey (obviously including Billy) is SO inspiring. I'm filled with admiration & respect for all of the
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of how intuitive animals guide us through life., 18 Feb 2014
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A heartbreaking, amazing story. Congratulations to Louise for recognising how important a fluffy companion can be, and to Chris also for being strong in the face of such difficulties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 15 Feb 2014
What a lovely,lovely book

The birth of a child is a godsend but when the child has problems life can become very difficult for everyone.

Cannot always be the case but I am a great believer in that simple solutions are often the best.Here the Booths tried many different things to make Fraser's life as happy as possible but autistic children see the world in such a different way than others that it is no surprise that they were constantly stressed.

They actually had a cat already ,Toby,a cat who was used to peace and quiet and was terror-stricken by Fraser's "bellowing" when upset and disappeared like a shot.But Louise Booth had always loved animals and decided to contact her local Cats Protection charity.Having explained her position,the charity worker said " I think we have just the cat for you" and so Fraser met Billy, a cat who had been rescued from a difficult environment.

Coming from such a background,unlike Toby he was used to sudden outbursts of noise and was unaffected by it.In fact just the opposite- whenever Fraser was "bellowing",even in the bath ,just like magic Billy would appear and (except in the bath) would wrap himself around Fraser and stay with him until calm was restored.

It would be right to say that Billy brought Fraser out of his shell,a construct that autistic children "build" to provide some comfort in what is to them a very scary world.His sentences became longer as he spoke to Billy and he negotiated the stairs (he also has a muscular tone condition making movement difficult) with Billy with him every step.Wherever he was when he was at home Billy was there and when Fraser visited friends and grandparents it would be "Billy this and Billy that"

The book ends with Fraser starting state school,something that many doctors had predicted would never happen.Needless to say Billy would be there waiting for him at the end of the day.

Mrs Booth is careful not to assign some sort of omnipotence to Billy describing him as "just a normal cat" but admits that he does have a sixth sense when it comes to Fraser. It is by far best explained that Billy is Fraser's "best mate".

Absolutely right. A beautifully written book,right from the heart. Fraser is lucky not only to have Billy but also to have two such doting parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and true, 27 Feb 2014
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Sam Chambers (Stathyre, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Beautiful story written with personal love and passion, after speaking to the author via Facebook I was compelled to buy this and was not disappointed. Stories like these deserve the attention of the masses. If you enjoyed "a streetcat named Bob" then you will love this. Highly recommended
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