All Because of Henry
All Because of Henry picks up the lead from the international bestseller, A Friend Like Henry, which traced the childhood journey of Dale, the Gardner family and, of course, their amazing golden retriever Henry, who has finally helped Dale to communicate with the world. Now, we meet Dale again, aged seventeen, to find out where his story goes next.
He is no longer the victim of severe classical autism, but a young man facing a challenging and uncertain future. Autism changes, but it never goes away. Dale is ready for the world, but is the world ready for him and for his peers? We also catch up with the rest of the family and find out how the challenges that they've faced have affected their lives. His sister, Amy, has a quite different diagnosis of high-functioning autism and has brought different problems. And against the backdrop of the adversity and prejudice they've suffered, Nuala's marriage is crumbling. But there's now a new four-legged friend in the family to help them through it all.
Henry's legacy is a continuing and generous one. In the steps of that wonderful dog, their tale takes unexpected twists. Nuala finds a new life and career, which, to her surprise, is often beyond these shores. Their story did not end with Henry; it began, and it continues, in wit, warmth, heartbreak, and ultimately, in triumph.
Published: 31st October 2013
Format: Paperback 234x156mm
Extent: 256 pages
Nuala Gardner is the mother of Dale and Amy, who have a diagnosis of autism. For thirty years Nuala worked as a nurse, twenty-five as a registered nurse and five as a midwife. Her medical knowledge helped her educate her children and ensure both received condition-specific intervention. In 2007 she wrote the international bestseller A Friend Like Henry, which details her son's struggle and the remarkable help he received from a special golden retriever named Henry. She retired from nursing in September 2011 to write the sequel and progress herwork using specially trained dogs to help autistic children and adults in the UK, with similar programmes already developed in Spain and Australia. She lives in Glasgow.
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