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Mongol

Uuganaa is a Mongol living in Britain. When her son Billy is diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, she has to face all the taboos associated with the term 'mongol'. In this powerful memoir, Uuganaa skilfully interweaves the extraordinary story of her own childhood in Mongolia with the short life of Billy, who inspires Uuganaa to challenge prejudice. Mongol [mong-gohl], noun, 1. a member of a pastoral people now living chiefly in Mongolia. 2. (offensive) a person affected with Down's Syndrome. Uuganaa is a Mongol living in Britain, far from the world she grew up in: as a nomadic herder she lived in a yurt, eating marmot meat, distilling vodka from goat's yoghurt and learning about Comrade Lenin. When her new-born son Billy is diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, she finds herself facing bigotry and taboo as well as heartbreak. In this powerful memoir, Uuganaa skilfully interweaves the extraordinary story of her own childhood in Mongolia with the sadly short life of Billy, who becomes a symbol of union and disunion, cultures and complexity, stigma and superstition - and inspires Uuganaa to challenge prejudice. Mongol is the touching story of one woman's transformation from outsider to fearless champion of love, respect and tolerance. It's a moving tribute by a remarkable woman to her beloved baby son, testifying to his lasting impact on a sometimes imperfect world.

Product Overview
ISBN 9781908643414
Categories Family and Relationship, Newest Arrivals, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction: Personal Development
Author(s) Uuganaa Ramsay
Publisher Saraband
Weight 0.185 kg
Language English