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Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM By Stephen Venables

Like the swallows, our son Ollie came in the spring and left in the autumn Dancing, singing, swooping there was something birdlike about his energy, joy and laughter but also the fleeting, enigmatic quality of his life.When he was two he lost all his speech, as autism turned his life and ours into a baffling challenge Then at four he had to face a new challenge wLike the swallows, our son Ollie came in the spring and left in the autumn Dancing, singing, swooping there was something birdlike about his energy, joy and laughter but also the fleeting, enigmatic quality of his life.When he was two he lost all his speech, as autism turned his life and ours into a baffling challenge Then at four he had to face a new challenge when he almost died from leukaemia But chemotherapy worked its magic and he made a full recovery He was a tough survivor and nothing seemed to dim his spirit he could light up a room and energize everyone around him So it was a huge shock, after several cancer free years, when a fatal brain tumour was discovered This time his body had had enough and he died very suddenly He was twelve.Ollie had extraordinary courage and endurance Time after time he bounced back, determined to enjoy life He was obstinate, mischievous, playful, flirtatious, quixotic, funny He generated and continues to generate huge amounts of laughter And he was very beautiful We always felt that if autism had not unravelled the wiring of his neural pathways, he would have achieved extraordinary things.This is the story of the journey we made with Ollie Unlike a mountaineer, pursuing extreme experiences out of choice, he had difficulty thrust upon him he was forced to be brave For me, too, the journey was far compelling than any expedition.
  • Title: Ollie: The True Story of a Brief and Courageous Life
  • Author: Stephen Venables
  • ISBN: 9780099478799
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback

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Alisha Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM
I found ‘Ollie’ quite a hard book to read, not that the story was confusing but some of the text was written using a lot of words that aren’t normally used in everyday language. This was a heart-wrenching story of a young boy with Autism and it follows his life from birth to when he dies before he reaches his teens, and the struggles his parents and younger brother face on a daily basis. It follows through all his emotional and indeed medical needs as he also contracted leukaemia at the ag [...]
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Iamshadow Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM
Ollie had a short and hard life. Diagnosed at three with leukaemia, he survived that to die from complications from a brain tumour several years later. Ollie was also autistic. The problem I had with this book wasn't Ollie - it was his father who wrote the book. It seemed every five minutes he was off risking his life mountain-climbing, while his wife was stuck caring for Ollie (whether it be chemo, hospitalisation, or intense ABA or Options programs) plus the other kids! If I was her, I would h [...]
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Pauline Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM
Not knowing much about autism myself this appears to be a good book for an insight into the life of a family with a child with this.Very funny in parts, very technical in others and overall very sad.Worth a read.
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RJ Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM
Heart-rending, and moving. It's a tale of love, loss, and courage.
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Joanna Edwards-Jones Oct 21, 2020 - 01:23 AM
A very moving story, brought a tear to my eye. A book i would recommend for others to read.
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Ollie: The True Story of a Brief and Courageous Life By Stephen Venables Like the swallows, our son Ollie came in the spring and left in the autumn Dancing, singing, swooping there was something birdlike about his energy, joy and laughter but also the fleeting, enigmatic quality of his life.When he was two he lost all his speech, as autism turned his life and ours into a baffling challenge Then at four he had to face a new challenge wLike the swallows, our son Ollie came in the spring and left in the autumn Dancing, singing, swooping there was something birdlike about his energy, joy and laughter but also the fleeting, enigmatic quality of his life.When he was two he lost all his speech, as autism turned his life and ours into a baffling challenge Then at four he had to face a new challenge when he almost died from leukaemia But chemotherapy worked its magic and he made a full recovery He was a tough survivor and nothing seemed to dim his spirit he could light up a room and energize everyone around him So it was a huge shock, after several cancer free years, when a fatal brain tumour was discovered This time his body had had enough and he died very suddenly He was twelve.Ollie had extraordinary courage and endurance Time after time he bounced back, determined to enjoy life He was obstinate, mischievous, playful, flirtatious, quixotic, funny He generated and continues to generate huge amounts of laughter And he was very beautiful We always felt that if autism had not unravelled the wiring of his neural pathways, he would have achieved extraordinary things.This is the story of the journey we made with Ollie Unlike a mountaineer, pursuing extreme experiences out of choice, he had difficulty thrust upon him he was forced to be brave For me, too, the journey was far compelling than any expedition.

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