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Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference Paperback – 27 Sep 2017

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (27 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178592348X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785923487
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This brilliantly written book is so many things. It's a story of love and loss, a story of people dying preventable deaths because our society doesn't care enough, a story of how what started as one family's battle for accountability turned into a social movement. --Dr Jenny Morris OBE, Visiting Professor of Social Work and Social Policy and policy analyst

A truly remarkable book that should never have had to be written, and that should be read by literally anyone who cares about their fellow human being; Sara brings beauty to her narrative, juxtaposed to the brutal ugliness of the subject matter, juxtaposed to the heart wrenching loving memory of a son taken from his family before his time. An emotional roller coaster made even more poignant by reason that the text is so tragically not fictional. --Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism, Sheffield Hallam University and author

The heart of this story rises above a narrative of private grief and public failure by offering a powerful eulogy to the sheer force of love, especially the personality and character of Connor Sparrowhawk that helped inspire a social movement for truth, justice and accountability. Everyone committed to accountable public services should read this book and learn from it. --Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund

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This brilliantly written book is so many things. It's a story of love and loss, a story of people dying preventable deaths because our society doesn't care enough, a story of how what started as one family's battle for accountability turned into a social movement. (Dr Jenny Morris OBE, Visiting Professor of Social Work and Social Policy and policy analyst)

Anyone who cares about patient safety and fairness should read this book. It will make you cry, it will make you laugh, it will make you think, and I would be amazed if it did not make you passionate about changing things. (Peter Walsh, Chief Executive, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA))

The heart of this story rises above a narrative of private grief and public failure by offering a powerful eulogy to the sheer force of love, especially the personality and character of Connor Sparrowhawk that helped inspire a social movement for truth, justice and accountability. Everyone committed to accountable public services should read this book and learn from it. (Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund)

A salutary lesson on what happens when public services lose their heart and forget that they exist to serve the public and, in particular, be part of addressing the prejudices and disadvantage that are inherent in our society. (Rob Greig CBE, Chief Executive, National Development Team for Inclusion)

The echoes of those who no longer speak... no candy coating, it is what it is; a tragedy born from negligence. To quote: 'At the heart of this story is love'. Love 'mobilised a social movement' and love keeps hope alive. Not a good read, a must read. (Dr Wenn B. Lawson, lecturer and author)

This is, rightly, a book which makes difficult reading for anyone professionally invested in any part of the system - for exactly the same reasons, it should make compulsory reading. (Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, writer and educator, 39 Essex Chambers)

A truly remarkable book that should never have had to be written, and that should be read by literally anyone who cares about their fellow human being; Sara brings beauty to her narrative, juxtaposed to the brutal ugliness of the subject matter, juxtaposed to the heart wrenching loving memory of a son taken from his family before his time. An emotional roller coaster made even more poignant by reason that the text is so tragically not fictional. (Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism, Sheffield Hallam University and author)

This is a story that needs to reach as wide an audience as possible. Only then will people such as Connor receive the care and protection they are entitled to. (Gail McKeitch, parent of two sons with autism, one of whom also has epilepsy)

This is a book that should never have needed to be written - young "dudes" like Connor should not die untimely deaths and families should not have to fight for justice. However, it is a book that most definitely needs to be read and used to effect change (Ruth Northway OBE FRCN PFHE, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales)

This account of a parent's experience brings to light the vital need to really listen, understand and work alongside people with learning disabilities and their families to ensure that care and support is right for them. (Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults)

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