Cyfrol sy'n adrodd stori mam sy'n ceisio ymdopi gyda'i phlentyn sydd wedi cael anaf i'w ymennydd. Drwy fyfyrdodau dyddiol mae'r llyfr yn bwrw golwg ar sut y mae trychineb yn effeithio ar feddwl a theimladau'r fam wrth i berthynas ryfedd ddatblygu rhyngddi a'i phlentyn. Amserir y stori rhwng hafau 1998 a 2005.
Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, Blue Sky July follows the story of a mother whose child suffers a brain injury and her battle against the odds to heal him. Through her intimate day by day musings, the book explores the impact of the tragedy on the mother's thoughts and feelings as the most extraordinary relationship unfolds.
This brave and beautiful book has deservedly enjoyed considerable coverage in the media: two pages of extracts, accompanied by some wonderful photos, were published in the Family section of The Guardian one Saturday in September 2007, and it has also been Radio 4’s Book of the Week. This is probably sufficient recommendation . . .
In August 1998, Nia Wyn gave birth to a perfect, healthy baby – Joe. A couple of hours later, something went wrong, but the doctors dealt with it and assured Nia and her partner, Alex, that all was well. But all was not well and, in January 1999, Joe was diagnosed as having severe cerebral palsy. Blue Sky July is Nia Wyn’s account of the first seven years of Joe’s life.
A lot of it is, of course, gut-wrenching, but it is also deeply inspirational and strangely uplifting to follow this family’s battle against all the odds. It is not a fairytale and the cerebral palsy doesn’t go away, but the physical and spiritual achievements are nonetheless extraordinary: by the age of seven, this child, whom the doctors had said would never even recognise his own parents, is ready to go into mainstream school. It might sound like a miracle; it is actually the result of the most incredible dedication, commitment, sheer determination and, most importantly, a depth of love and selflessness within a family that is perhaps too rare.
Nia Wyn’s poetic, quietly contemplative writing makes this a book to savour. It is the story of a journey travelled well, with an intuitive wisdom that is so often sacrificed in a too-busy world:
“I see how we live in a time where normal is
And we are never full.”
Suzy Ceulan Hughes
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