How a Remarkable Child Became a Remarkable Adult

Andy Merriman

Foreword by Michel Roux Jr

Sarah Merriman is just like any other urbane young woman in her twenties…

She has a job in a Central London hotel, a boyfriend, commutes to work on the Tube, eats out, goes to films and theatre…

This is all the more remarkable (though not to her) because Sarah was born with Down’s Syndrome. Her parents having no prior inkling, it came as a huge shock to them that they now had a daughter with a disability.

In 1999 her father Andy wrote a frank and moving book, A Minor Adjustment, about the challenge of her early years. The national publicity it gained saw it become a treasured resource for other families on a similar journey.

Now he follows up with the inspirational story of how his daughter, whose favourite expression is ‘I love my life’, has grown up, featured on Michel Roux’s compelling Kitchen Impossible series, and made a life of her own at a time when pre-natal testing is threatening the very existence of people with Down’s syndrome. Sarah’s even written the final chapter.

Andy Merriman’s other books include biographies of Hattie Jacques and Margaret Rutherford. He contributed to Peter Davison’s memoir, Is There Life Outside the Box? Sarah herself has contributed throughout.

March 2018
Extent: 256pp
Price: £9.99
Format: 198 x 129 mm
ISBN-13: 978 0 9932911 4 2
Binding: B-format paperback

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Published by the Down’s Syndrome Association and distributed by Safe Haven

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