When Sophie Walker's daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, her world unravelled. Her high-powered job was in disarray, she couldn't sleep, often woke in tears and felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother. One day she realized she hadn't done any exercise for months, and had been neglecting her physical health as well as her mental wellbeing. Previously a keen runner, she set herself the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise awareness of Asperger Syndrome and make herself physically strong enough to care for her demanding daughter. Invigorated by the physical challenge she had set herself, Sophie began a blog - 'Grace Under Pressure' - writing about both day-to-day life bringing up Grace alongside training for the marathon. The combination caught the imagination of readers and the blog took off, garnering praise from a wide range of sources. Now transformed into a book, GRACE UNDER PRESSURE is a moving story that charts the highs and lows of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome and the physical challenge of training for a long-distance running event.read more
Sophie Walker has worked as a journalist for Reuters news agency for fifteen years, reporting news around the globe. She has written about oil, trade, and politics in Washington, and has been foreign correspondent in the UK, traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.read more
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London-based Walker, a Reuters reporter, marathon runner, and popular Asperger's and parenting blogger, offers an honest and inspiring portrait of parenting a child with the disorder. Diagnosed at age eight, although clues emerged much earlier, Grace is a bright and talented child who struggles with homework, has difficulty making friends, and is often bullied at school. Divorced from Grace's father and now remarried with two stepsons and a two-year-old daughter, Walker chronicles the obstacles she faces while trying to get Grace the help she needs at school. She also delves into her own doubts, worries, self-blame, and fears about Grace, now age 11, and her future, the difficulty of balancing a career and raising a child with a disability, and the challenges of giving attention to her other children and husband (who, with the exception of two-year-old Betty, remain on the periphery). In the midst of her struggles, the author begins running for her own health and sanity as well as to raise money for the U.K.'s National Autistic Society. As she trains, Walker's setbacks and triumphs are mirrored by Grace's parallel journey. Parents of children with Asperger's or other spectrum disorders will find information, validation, and hope in Walker's detailed and moving portrait of a mother/ "Aspie" daughter relationship. Agent: Clare Hulton, Clare Hulton Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.