Grace Williams Says It Loud

Grace Williams Says It Loud A startling first person debut and a unique spirit soaring love story This isn t an ordinary love story But then Grace isn t an ordinary girl Disgusting said the nurse And when no could be done th

  • Title: Grace Williams Says It Loud
  • Author: Emma Henderson
  • ISBN: 9781444703993
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A startling, first person debut and a unique, spirit soaring love story.This isn t an ordinary love story But then Grace isn t an ordinary girl Disgusting, said the nurse.And when no could be done, they put her away, aged eleven.On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel He sees a different Grace someone to share secrets and canoodle with,A startling, first person debut and a unique, spirit soaring love story.This isn t an ordinary love story But then Grace isn t an ordinary girl Disgusting, said the nurse.And when no could be done, they put her away, aged eleven.On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel He sees a different Grace someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for Debonair Daniel, who can type with his feet, fills Grace s head with tales from Paris and the world beyond.This is Grace s story her life, its betrayals and triumphs, disappointment and loss, the taste of freedom roses, music and tiny scraps of paper Most of all, it is about the love of a lifetime.

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    About "Emma Henderson"

    1. Emma Henderson

      Emma Henderson went to school in London and studied at Somerville College, Oxford and Yale University She wrote blurbs for Penguin Books for two years, then spent a decade teaching English in comprehensive schools and further education colleges, before moving to the French Alps where, for six years, she ran a ski and snowboard lodge She now lives in Derbyshire and is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Keele University Emma Henderson s debut novel, Grace Williams Says It Loud, was published in 2010 It won the McKitterick Prize and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Award, the Authors Club First Novel Award, the Wellcome Book Prize and was runner up for the Mind Book of the Year Her second novel, published in April 2017, The Valentine House, has its roots in a remote valley in the French Alps, where she lived for six years The Times says it is beautifully written and the Daily Mail describes it as gripping and poignant.

    837 thoughts on “Grace Williams Says It Loud”

    1. I disliked this book, and that seems a shame to me, because there was such potential in the topic. I am interested in mental health and learning difficulties, and the ways in which we treated and regarded individuals with physical and mental disability in the past. Yet I struggled to read this book. In fact I only finished it because I had spent money on it and I felt I needed to justify it. I found this book lacked fluency, both in the writer's voice and the overall narrative. I found it diffic [...]


    2. (This review also appears on )I wanted to adore this book, really I did- but I couldn't. I found it such a struggle to get into and nearly gave up on it several times. This book had the potential to be really fantastic, but for me it's distinctly average. After seeing other five star reviews on here, I do have to wonder if maybe I've read a different book from everyone else- but this book just really wasn't my cup of tea at all.I liked the premise of the novel and in places it is well written- i [...]


    3. First Sentence: "When Sarah told me Daniel had died, the cuckoo clock opened and out flew sound, a bird, two figures."Emma Henderson's debut "Grace Williams Says It Out Loud" is wonderful, compelling and engaging. Written in the voice of Grace Williams, a spastic, "uneducable", polio-stricken, mentally retarded, who speaks in grunts and other unintelligible sounds. However, Grace Williams speaks with words that are poetic and fluid, drawing a juxtaposition of contrasting emotions in me as a read [...]


    4. I picked this up because a reviewer thought it was comparable to Emma Donoghue's Room, in it's, "linguistic, and emotional, resourcefulness."I totally disagree - I was very disappointed.I didn't warm to the main characters, or root for them, or even really feel much for them. It had nothing like the emotional punch that it should have had given the subject matter.


    5. A heartbreaking yet funny novel. I really felt close to the characters and was moved to tears for poor Grace at some points. This really put things in a new perspective for me. Very well written.


    6. If you want an easy and unchallenging read then this is not for you.This is an unsentimental account of a child with profound disabilities growing up and coming of age in institutions in the 1950s and 60s, and then finally settling into what is called `supported living'. It also details the impact that her disability has on her family. Grace, the narrator, recounts her story with no holds barred. She doesn't shy from letting us know about the messy practicalities of struggling with bodily functi [...]


    7. I am not a misery lit person: I do not read sad reveal all novels about past miseries although I am often attracted to books set in mental institutions (see also Girl, Interrupted, The Bell Jar, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest etc etc) and a particular type of contemporary fiction that this slots neatly into, making Grace Williams Says it Loud tick several boxes for me. I'm pointing out my dislike - and, to be quite honest, extreme distaste - for misery lit so that you don't think that this book [...]


    8. What a tough book this was to read. I went through stages of anger, indignation, happiness and also sadness, while reading Grace's story. I imagine it must have been difficult to give shape to the inner world and experiences of the outer world of someone who cannot communicate her feelings and thoughts accurately in either speech or writing. Who really knows how disabled people were (are?) treated? As the above quote demonstrates, the Briar Mental Institute staff does not hold a high opinion of [...]


    9. Emma Henderson’s book is ambitious, moving and tackles very serious issues about society’s attitude to disabled people.(I can’t believe this book was compared to Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ which I found to be a formulaic ‘beach read’ and boring considering the subject matter!)My only frustration with the book was in the pacing and style of writing. I found this to be a big problem. The writing is beautiful but somewhat jarring in that events presented from the POV of the main charact [...]


    10. Conflicted.That is the first word that comes to mind with this book. Emma Henderson's writing is superb. Her scatterbrained writing elevates Grace's situation more so. The characterisation is sublime and always on point. Which makes you want to know more about the cast but yet still feel satisfied about who you are spending your time with. For these points alone I could say it was a five star book.However, the story itself and the pacing of the novel brought it down, for me. It's a heartbreaking [...]


    11. I read this book pretty quickly over about two days, not because it was particularly compelling, but because I was afraid that if I put it down, I'd lose sense of the characters and where I was in the narrative. Because the main character, Grace, is a patient in a mental institution, locked inside an uncooperative body, unable to speak more than a few words at a time, branded "uneducable" by the system. The main body of the story spans roughly a decade, from about 1960 to 1970, with a bit of "be [...]


    12. I was confused by this. Sometimes it seemed that Grace could talk normally, sometimes it seemed she couldn't. Sometimes she seemed to be severely disabled, sometimes slightly disabled. Maybe it would have helped it I knew what was wrong with her, but I think the reader was supposed to work it out from clues(she was very small, she had some sort of problem with her tongue, and she appeared to have a learning difficulty or maybe developmental issues). The trouble is I have no idea what they indica [...]


    13. This looked like a happy book. "Grace Williams says it loud" looped in bold cursive across the cover, friendly and inviting. But this is not a happy book, and Grace doesn't say it loud - she barely speaks out loud at all.Grace has an unspecified mental illness which has caused doctors to tell her parents she's a right-off - a spastic, ineducable. Her parents listen, and Grace is institutionalised in 1956 at the age of ten, to grow up in the children's unit at the Briar. It's dismal. Every horrib [...]


    14. This is deservedly nominated for the Orange prize. Grace Williams is the most wonderful creation, it was easy to fall in love with her in these pages. Whilst the two main characters (and many of the minor ones) have severe disabilities, the main message for me was that we are all more alike than we are different. The saddest fact about Grace's story is that it is so true to life - many people with disabilities were treated terribly in the years that Emma Henderson writes about here. And some sti [...]


    15. 3.5 stars. The story of Grace, who everyone thinks is mentally deficient but actually enjoys words and stories and is rather perceptive. And her boyfriend, Daniel, the armless story-teller who can fill in the blanks. And Grace's life at home and then at the mental institute. And growing up. And good times and bad. Besides that, there is some wonderful alliteration which I only picked up on when I read bits of the book out loud to my dogs. This is a little ironic seeing as Grace's clumsy tongue m [...]


    16. The Story ~'Grace Williams Says its Loud' is the story of Grace Henderson, a story which she narrates. Grace was born with severe disabilities which became worse due to Poliomyelitis (Polio). Grace is eventually sent to Briar House where she meets Daniel, a debonair, individualistic boy who suffers from epilepsy and has no arms following a tragic accident. Grace and Daniel are there for the same reason, their health problems, Grace's parents tries desperately to keep Grace at home and care for h [...]


    17. I can't decide between three or four stars for this shortlisted Orange Prize novel. Three for how there were times when I thought focus was lost -- or four for how the book lingered in my mind after completing it.Emma Henderson's inspiration was her elder sister, who, like the title character, Grace, came to the world in the late 1940s with birth defects, soon exacerbated by polio. By age ten, Grace's parents are persuaded to send her to an institution, the Briar, which, of course, is destined t [...]


    18. First of all I have to say that I didn't finish this book.This was not because I didn't want to continue to read it but only because it is a very detailed and slow story and I couldn't renew the book at the library. See uniflamecreates/2 for a full review.


    19. I chose this book as it was described as feelgood and inspiring and I wanted that after reading some rather depressing novels recently. However, I found this book to be a very sad and disturbing tale - a combination of loss and abuse. Although well-written it was just not what I was hoping for or expecting.


    20. A powerful narrative voice - quirky and warm, a great hand to hold through a rather bleak story. Well told, unashamed, whilst never falling into pity. Well pitched between serious issues but with a light story-tellers touch. Not one that will fade from memory quickly - packed with little details that will keep it bright in any readers mind.


    21. Not quite the masterpiece I was led to believe (I have some quibbles with the voice) but this is an exciting debut and well worth checking out. I bought it after seeing it on the Orange Prize longlist. The story is touching and written, for the most part, in nicely judged prose. A compelling debut.


    22. Grace's story is an uncomfortable read: rightly so given that it describes her growing up in a mental asylum from the fifties onwards. There's a love of life that comes from meeting the enigmatic Daniel and a feeling of how society betrayed some of it's citizens not that long ago. I found this moving without being overly sentimental.


    23. just a quick update find it slightly to much all this sadness but continueing with the read as easy to pick up and down but only so much sadness I can cope with one setting,I am more than half way through and find it it a strange book to read as can cause a bit of distress but is also compelling and makes you think what it must have been kike to live this kindof life


    24. Grace Williams is born with a handicap and sent to live in the Briar Mental Institution where she meets Daniel. I found the first half of this book incredibly slow but it redeemed itself in the last 50 or so pages. I came to care for Grace and Daniel but I don't think I was as heavily invested in them as the author would have liked.Forgettable.


    25. Such a positively told storyments of outstanding human achievement interspersed with human atrocity but shared so naturally and sensitively. A perfect illustration of how the changes in theory and society's prejudices over time have impacted on how successfully children and adults with physical and learning disabilities can thrive .


    26. I thought it had a certain bitter beauty to it, the overall sadness of Grace's life punctuated with moments of happiness. I thought the writing style was really enjoyable, & what could have been a very bleak backdrop was transformed into a world of heroes, villains, romance & friendship. I liked it, & I'm glad I gave it a chance.


    27. It was a thought-provoking novel and made me think about my attitudes towards disability. It was a light-hearted novel at times which is an amazing feat considering the subject matter. I also liked the tone that the author used so that she never veered into sympathy writing and left it to the reader to react to the situations.


    28. I thought this book was lovely and moving. Like Lyrics Alley, it was plagued by odd pacing problems; but after reading up on the author a little, I have learned that, like Lyrics Alley, it was based (however loosely) on the life of one of the author's family members--in this case her sister, who, like Grace Williams, spent most of her life in a mental institution, classified as "ineducable."


    29. A sensitive and intelligent novel with excellent characterisation. Emma Henderson has a unique way of using language that is both emotive and sensuous, portraying the disabilities of her characters incredibly well.


    30. A book which takes you into the difficult world of handicap as it used to be half a century ago. Eye opening if you have no experience of such unfortunate people. By turns funny, sad, troubling , empathetic and shocking.


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