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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

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Rob Parsons: The Sixty Minute Father, The Sixty Minute Marriage

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

THE SIXTY MINUTE FATHER sets goals to help every father ensure that he doesn't miss out on the greatest opportunity of his life. His advice includes: Put dates in your diary that are important for your children; talk to your baby as if she understands every word; if you have to be away write your children a letter; tell them how you spend your day.THE SIXTY MINUTE MARRAIGE presents an action plan to revolutionise every relationship. Includes: Are affairs good for a marriage? - How to argue - effectively - Why many men say, 'My wife's not interested in sex' - Why cutting your credit card in half can save your marriage - How a divorce will affect your children.This bundle is what every father and mother will want to read!

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Rob Parsons: Heart of Success, Money Secret, Wisdom House

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

The Heart of Success, The Money Secret and The Wisdom House capture wisdom from Rob's own experiences and of others he's met.'Rob Parsons has an uncanny ability for asking life's most challenging questions in an unobtrusive way.' - Jill Garrett, The Gallup Organisation'Before you read one more book on how to climb the corporate ladder read this: it will help you make sure the ladder is leaning against the right wall.' - Kevin Kaiser, INSEAD'Get ready for an incredible journey of self-discovery.' Bob Gorzynki, author of The Strategic Mind

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Let Me Tell You A Story

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Rob Parsons

Rob Parsons is a bestselling author who has travelled widely across the UK and around the world, sharing his own stories of the ups and downs of life and faith with over a million people at live events over the past 30 years.Let Me Tell You A Story brings together some of the very the best of these stories - heartwarming and challenging tales that make up a compendium of insights on faith and family, love and loss, money and priorities, dreams and goals.Pull up a chair and settle in to enjoy as the storyteller weaves his spell...

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Rob Parsons: The Sixty Minute Mother, The Sixty Minute Marriage

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

In THE SIXTY MINUTE MOTHER Rob Parsons turns his warm wisdom and wit to the subject of motherhood. Talking to a variety of mothers, including Dianne Parsons, from all backgrounds and situations (working, lone, home-based, mothers of babies, teenagers, adopted kids and so on) he has compiled a wonderfully inspirational book on the highs and lows of being a mother, with lots of fresh insights. In his usual style, and never forgetting the essential truth that men need to nurture their maternal instincts too, he has written another winner.THE SIXTY MINUTE MARRIAGE presents an action plan to revolutionise every relationship. Includes: Are affairs good for a marriage? - How to argue - effectively - Why many men say, 'My wife's not interested in sex' - Why cutting your credit card in half can save your marriage - How a divorce will affect your children.This bundle is what every mother and father will want to read!

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The Wisdom House

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons
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The Sixty Minute Grandparent

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

'If you have children, buy this book for your parents now. If you are a grandparent, don't go near your grandchildren until you have read it!' Rosemary ConleyThere are many different kinds of grandparents - tired-out or over-eager, super-involved or unsure how to help, unwilling or ever-ready. In this simple book Rob Parsons will help you reach the common aspiration: to be the best grandparent that you can possibly be.- The baby stage: helping out without interfering - How to help your own children find their way as parents- Loving your grandchildren without spoiling them- When to intervene, and when to keep out of it- Finding your place within a blended family- Becoming invaluable (rather than insufferable) to your daughter-in-law

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The Sixty Minute Mother

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons
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What They Didn't Teach Me in Sunday School

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

A new edition of this best-selling inspirational book which is already an established classic. Some of the lessons learnt along the way will change forever the way we view ourselves, others and especially God. A book filled with fresh starts, new tomorrows and incredible hope.

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The Sixty Minute Marriage

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

Rob Parsons presents an action plan to revolutionise every relationship. Includes: Are affairs good for a marriage? - How to argue - effectively - Why many men say, 'My wife's not interested in sex' - Why cutting your credit card in half can save your marriage - How a divorce will affect your children.

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The Money Secret

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons

Practical and life-changing, THE MONEY SECRET will totally revolutionise your attitude to money and show how it can either be the source of freedom and happiness or a burden of guilt and debt. When you have finished this powerful story you will want to cut up your credit cards forever and rid yourself of the power of the banks and lenders and advertisers who dupe us all into a spending frenzy based on false promises and slick delusions. As well as offering solutions this book will challenge the status quo and question current spending habits. Rich or poor, we have all at some time felt in despair about money and its power over our lives. Rob Parsons shows a new way forward which will change your life, focus your priorities and put you back in control.

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The Sixty Minute Father

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons
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The Heart of Success

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons
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Loving Against the Odds

Rob Parsons
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Rob Parsons
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What Every Kid Wished their Parents Knew

Rob Parsons, Lloyd Parsons
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Rob Parsons, Lloyd Parsons

Rob Parsons teams up with his teen-age son, Lloyd, to write a warm and witty guide to parent/child communication. With cartoon illustrations.

Adrian Plass

Adrian Plass is one of the most-loved Christian writers in the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾ - which with its various sequels has sold millions of copies around the world. A somewhat bemused Anglican, Adrian and his wife Bridget live in the north of England travel widely to speak in churches, prisons, schools, and at festivals and literary events in the UK and around the world.

Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley is based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray. It went on to sell in twenty languages, win the Costa Best First Novel Award and the Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards. Devil's Day, his second novel, was picked as a Book of the Year in five newspapers, and won the Encore Award.

B.K.S. Iyengar

B.K.S. Iyengar was a living legend who taught yoga in unique way to all his students. His style of yoga is called 'Iyengar Yoga' and is now being followed by certified teachers across the world.

Dan Harris

Dan Harris is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and correspondent for ABC News. He is also the host of the 10% Happier podcast and the cofounder of the 10% Happier meditation app. He lives in New York City with his wife, Bianca; their Son, Alexander; and three extremely needy rescue cats.

Dominique Antiglio

Dominique Antiglio is a qualified and globally sought-after Sophrologist, founder of BeSophro, a leading Sophrology clinic in London, UK with an online platform, that specialises in stress and anxiety management, self-development and birth preparation.Born in Switzerland, Dominique was introduced to Sophrology at 15 years old to overcome health issues, learning early on the ways to positively connect with herself and embrace a new way of living. She gained her Masters in Caycedian Sophrology (2006) notably training with Professor Caycedo, the founder of the method in Spain. She is a graduate of the renowned European School of Osteopathy in Kent, UK, ran a successful osteopathic clinic for a decade, and holds a Holistic Voice Diploma (UK). In 2011, having witnessed so many positive changes through the power of Sophrology for herself and her clients, she moved to London and founded BeSophro to support and inspire people in finding a calmer and happier life through the practice of Sophrology.Her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology, is the first widely published book on Sophrology in English and is now a leading authority on the subject, having also received an endorsement from Sir Anthony Seldon. It has been instrumental in spreading the practice beyond continental Europe. Dominique's expertise is regularly sought in the media and her work has been featured in the Times, The Guardian, ELLE and Marie-Claire among others. She is also a regular workshop host and speaker.To find out more about BeSophro classes, workshop, and online programs or join Dominique's community, visit www.be-sophro.co.uk.

Elijah Lawal

Elijah is a PR manager at Google and is passionate about helping underrepresented people grow their careers in creative industries. He was a finalist of the Penguin WriteNow scheme.This is his first book.