An acclaimed, moving memoir of bringing up a child with Down's Syndrome
Sandy Lewis describes having a child with Down's Syndrome as both the best and the worst thing that ever happened to her. Like all parents, the birth of her son changed her life in miraculous ways, but Max's condition has presented her with a series of additional challenges and anxieties.
In Living with Max, Sandy takes us on a remarkable and inspiring journey, from Max's birth to his extraordinary film debut as one of the stars in the hit film Notes on a Scandal. With unflinching honesty, unaffected humour and not a shred of self-pity, Sandy chronicles the highs and lows of bringing up Max: his amazing ability to light up a room with his smile; his energetic exuberance and love of life; together with the struggles she has faced in raising her son in a world that is clearly not as politically correct as we would like to think.
As well as offering a humorous and enlightening insight into the world of a family living with Down's Syndrome, this is a wonderfully moving story of a mother's courage and tenacity, and of a little boy you can't fail to love.
“This is a delightful book about a funny, adorable boy”
“Living with Max is a loving book, and Max really deserves to enjoy his precious life”
Lynda La Plante
“[Sandy Lewis] tells the extraordinary story of a boy who overcame incredible odds and bitter prejudice to achieve his dreams”
“Max is remarkable because of the courage and tenacity he shows, despite the challenges he has had to face”
“To know Max is to be capsized by his intelligence and by his mature sense of self; and he knows who he is”
Richard Eyre, Director of 'Notes on a Scandal'
“Working with Max was a lovely and funny time - if only I hadn't introduced tickling!”