- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Saraband (January 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908643412
- ISBN-13: 978-1908643414
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mongol Paperback – January 16, 2014
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'A gripping read that will touch your heart... an enthralling tale, beautifully written. Moving and uplifting.' --Sheila Grant, NewBooks Magazine. 'An interesting narrative of considerable cultural insight and cross-cultural value.' --Colin Nicholson. 'Thought-provoking insight... honest and heart-wrenching.' --Penny Green, Down's Heart Group.
About the Author
Uuganaa Ramsay was born in Mongolia and grew up in a yurt, living a nomadic life eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yoghurt. After winning a place on a teacher-training course she came to the UK, and now lives in Scotland. She wrote Mongol with the help of the Janetta Bowie Chalice Non-Fiction Book Award from the Scottish Association of Writers. It is her first book.
Top customer reviews
Interspersed with her childhood in Mongolia is her son Billy's story, which I won't lie is a sad one and had me in tears throughout the book. However, it was told in a way that was so filled with love and purpose that you are not left feeling sad for the Ramsay family, but rather sad that you did not get a chance to know Billy as well. It is a wonderful tribute to her son and is a comfort to me as both a mother and as a person who lost a beloved child in their life.
I have the kindle version of this book and have purchased the paperback as a gift and will no doubt be purchasing more in the future.
Congratulations Uganda for this unique pice of literature that comes from the heart to touch ours.
But this is, of course, much more than an account of one woman's journey across different cultures. Because it is also the story of the author's child, Billy, born with Down's Syndrome - and therefore it is a story of prejudice as well as love, of resilience in the face of ignorance - but also a story of hope, of common humanity, of kindness and the possibility of change. At a time when there seems to be a growing prejudice both against those with disability, and those we are content to label 'foreigners' this book should be required reading. A counterbalance. A new, moving and in the last analysis, heartwarming perspective.