Book giveaway: Hole in the Heart - Henny Beaumont


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A powerful and beautifully drawn account of parenting a child with Down’s syndrome, from hospital to home, and from early years to school.

On Mother’s Day 2001, Henny Beaumont gave birth to her third child. For the first four hours, her baby seemed no different from her two other little girls. But when the registrar told Henny and her husband that their daughter might have Down’s syndrome, Henny wondered how she would be able to look after this baby, who might die, and manage her other two children at the same time. How can she learn to love Beth? And if she can’t trust her own reactions to Beth, how can she expect other people to overcome their prejudices and ignorance about her condition?

Hole in the Heart is a moving, funny, ironic and refreshingly honest look at living with a child who has special needs. Henny’s remarkable journey speaks not only to parents who have had a similar experience and the medical and care professionals who try to help them, but to every one of us who feels anxiety about our children – wondering whether they are achieving enough, whether we do enough for them, and whether we love them enough.

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Praise for Hole in the Heart

"Wonderful, astonishing drawings. A masterclass in the sorrow and joy of being human, and a powerful reminder that nothing is more earth-shattering than love." – Meg Rosoff

"Powerful and deeply honest. Henny's words and stunning artwork speak to everyone, whether they have a child with a learning disability or not." –  MENCAP

"Hole in the Heart packs a powerful emotional punch by pitting ordinary scenes of life with a newborn alongside the devastating reality of the diagnosis of Beth’s condition." – Joanna Moorhead, Guardian



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Henny Beaumont is a London-based artist and portrait painter. She has an MA in Fine Art and Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art, where she has also been a visiting lecturer. She has four children. You can find Henny on Twitter @HennyBeaumont


Book giveaway

We've got 20 copies of Hole in the Heart to give away to Mumsnetters.

This giveaway ends on Monday 8 August

We ask all winners to share their thoughts about the book on the discussion thread. However, you don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion - anyone who has read Hole in the Heart can do this (and you can buy a copy of the book now).


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