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Patience
05 Aug 2021 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781800240919

The story of Patience, a severely disabled young woman, and her family's decision to enter her into a pioneering but risky gene therapy trial.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 432 pages
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
Also by Victoria Scott
Patience: An emotional, uplifting page-turnerVictoria Scott

Booksellers Association Book of the Month
A LoveReading Debut of the Month and Book Club Recommendation

If you were offered a chance to cure your child's disease, would you take it?

The Willows have been through a lot. Louise has devoted her life to caring for her disabled youngest daughter. Pete works abroad, almost never seeing his loved ones. And their eldest, Eliza, is burdened by all the secrets she's trying to keep from her overloaded family.

Meanwhile, Patience observes the world while trapped in her own body. She laughs, she cries, she has opinions and knows what she wants. But those who love her most – and make every decision about her life – will never know.

Or will they? When the Willows are offered the opportunity for Patience to take part in a new gene therapy trial to cure her Rett syndrome, they face an impossible dilemma. Are the very real risks worth the chance of the reward, no matter how small?

'A thought-provoking, compelling and entertaining read. I could barely put the book down until its equally heart-wrenching and heart-warming ending. A wonderful, smart and funny book' - Louise Fein, bestselling author of People Like Us

'Inspired by truth, Patience and her family come alive on the pages. I felt every single emotion with them' - Alice Peterson, author of Monday to Friday Man

'An eye-opening and heartwarming tale' - Woman's Own

'An extraordinary novel about love and hope and family and what happens in the space between the words. I adored it' - Kirsten Hesketh, author of Another Us

'A poignant page-turner' - LoveReading

 
Victoria Scott has been a journalist for almost two decades, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Doha News and the Telegraph. When she's not writing, Victoria enjoys running incredibly slowly, singing loudly, baking badly and travelling the world extensively. Victoria is a Faber Academy graduate. She has a degree in English from King's College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. She lives near London with her husband and two children, and works as a freelance journalist, media trainer and journalism tutor.

Victoria Scott is a former BBC broadcast journalist.

Victoria's sister has Rett Syndrome so she writes from a place of experience.

MARKET: Jodi Picoult; Claire Mackintosh; Dolly Alderton's Ghosts.


'A thought-provoking, compelling and entertaining read. I could barely put the book down until its equally heart-wrenching and heart-warming ending. A wonderful, smart and funny book – I know readers will absolutely love it' Louise Fein, bestselling author of People Like Us

'An eye-opening and heartwarming tale' Woman's Own

'Inspired by truth, Patience and her family come alive on the pages. I felt every single emotion with them' Alice Peterson, author of Monday to Friday Man

'An extraordinary novel about love and hope and family and what happens in the space between the words. I adored it' Kirsten Hesketh, author of Another Us

'An eye-opening, sincere and beautiful debut ... A really special novel that I suspect will have a tangible effect on readers' NB Magazine

'Absorbing, poignant story of a family's emotional rollercoaster in the aftermath of participating in a risky medical trial' LoveReading

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