Octopus imprint Endeavour will publish The Cracks That Let the Light In by Jessica Moxham, an "uplifting, hopeful" memoir about her experiences raising her disabled son Ben, and what it means to be seen as different.
Publishing director Claudia Connal acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. Endeavour will publish the memoir on 4th March 2021.
The synopsis reads: "Jessica thought she was prepared for the experience of motherhood. Armed with advice from friends and family, parenting books and antenatal classes, she felt ready. But after giving birth, she found herself facing a different, more uncertain reality to the one she had expected. Her son, Ben, was fighting to stay alive.
"Ben’s disability means he needs assistance to move or communicate. Jessica has had to learn how to feed Ben when he can't eat, wrestle with red tape to secure his education and defend his basic rights in the face of discrimination."
Connal said: "Jessica’s remarkable story is about the power of family love, a mother’s inner strength and the triumph of hope. We are very proud to be publishing her memoir."
Moxham commented: "I am so pleased to be working with Claudia and her team on this book. People often assume that having a disabled child is awful, a pity party. It isn’t. Some things about being Ben’s mother have been difficult, and my learning curve has been steep, but our lives aren’t miserable. In fact Ben is thriving and my children and I try, much like any family, to live the fullest and happiest lives we can. My book is about how being Ben’s mother has changed me for the better."
Moxham is a writer with interest in the areas of parenting and disability. She writes a blog called Son Stories discussing how she and her family support her son with his disability.