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A mother’s memoir which tells the story of her son’s premature death while in NHS care, and her subsequent campaign for justice and for the rights of people with learning disabilities.

On July 4th 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk, also known as Laughing Boy or LB, was found dead in a specialist NHS unit. Connor, who had autism and epilepsy, had a seizure while in the bath and no member of staff was on hand to stop him from drowning. An entirely preventable death.

Sara Ryan presents a frank, sometimes funny and touching account of her son’s early life and preventable death and the unfolding #JusticeforLB campaign. This serves as a wake-up call to all of us and asks: can we really claim that we respect the life and dignity of learning disabled people?

(P) 2021 Jessica Kingsley Publishers