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**WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2014** Sometimes your child – the most familiar person of all – is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?


Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. Winner of the Green Carnation Prize.


The tales Solomon returns with, of profound disability and extreme differences overcome, make it a bible of empathy and inclusion

Cressida Connolly, Spectator

Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent – especially when children are out of the ordinary

Tim Adams, Observer

Life-affirming, thought provoking and highly readable, the book was compiled over 10 years of interviews and I found it deeply moving

Kate Kellaway, Observer

Many accounts are desperately moving, but Solomon goes far beyond cheap pity... The book is an exquisite written study of parental love – as well as "a how-to manual for receptivity"

Kerry Hudson, Herald

[A] magnificent study of disability and identity differences

Susannah Meadows, New York Times

This wise book is a careful and surprising study of difference between parent and child and how it shapes our lives

Stephen Grosz, Sunday Telegraph

For anyone struggling with decisions over parenting, it’s an affirming reminder that there is no such thing as “normal”

Femke Colborne, Big Issue in the North

Parents – especially mothers – are the heroes of this book, many of them describing with extraordinary absence of self-pity how they have coped with almost unimaginable adversity

Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

Solomon really makes you think... Uniquely brilliant

William Leith, Evening Standard


The Times

A fascinating examination of the accommodation of difference... Philosophical dividends accrue as you read story after story of ordinary families made remarkable by circumstance

Emma Brockes, Guardian


Sunday Telegraph

Monumentally good

William Leith, Scotsman

A far-reaching and fascinating study upon humanity... It is intelligent and is certainly an important contribution to the field of child psychology

Kirsty Hewitt, Nudge

It is very rare for a book to smack the reader in the face, almost with every paragraph. That this reviewer had constantly to stop reading, in order to reflect and digest, is testament to a work of rare power... This book will change you

Tamim Sadikali, Bookmunch

Utterly fascinating, beautifully written and deeply moving… Thoughtful and humane… Totally gripping from beginning to end

Anna Carey, Irish Times

You may want to save it for a holiday or similar period as it will draw you in so completely that it is hard to stop reading

SEN Magazine

A beautifully written psychiatric study of difference and compassion

Jessie Burton, UK Press Syndication

It's an incredible book, that had me crying on the bus more than once

Reading Matters

Helping to improve attitudes.

David Aaronovitch, The Times

Outstanding book.

Louise France, The Times

I am staggered by these unsentimental and inspiring stories.

Sharon Guskin, The Lady

He writes unsentimentally… Reading this book changed the course of my work.

Henny Beaumont, Big Issue in the North

Forces] the reader to meditate on a number of wrenching, often heart-breaking aspects of existence. And to mediate as well on questions of stigma and prejudice, callousness and cruelty, the widespread and extraordinary intolerance of human diversity, and the horrors that those attitudes and behaviours heap on the heads of those whose lives are already extraordinarily difficult, and on the head of those who love and care for them

Andrew Scull, Times Literary Supplement

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    March 3, 2014


    976 pages

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    February 7, 2013

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