By Sarah Pullen
Published Aug 2017
How would you react if a stranger told you your ten-year-old son was going to die?
A Mighty Boy is a story about love and loss. The book is an account of Sarah’s journey as a family after her ten-year-old son, Silas, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour – from the instant those fateful words were spoken to his death and beyond.
This book shows that it is possible to find the strength for a journey that you don’t want to go on; that it is possible to find a new way to live even when death is knocking on the door. It is a book about wrapping a small boy in love but still letting him get grubby knees. It is about learning to savour every moment of the here and now yet also learning to let go. It is a book about grief too, in all its many guises, and the search to find a way to mourn in this modern world. Grief can be ugly and raw and at times incomprehensible yet it has to be better to confront it than hide it away behind closed doors.
At its heart, though, A Mighty Boy is a story of the love between a mother and a son. It is a book about seizing the moment and somehow managing to survive the death of a child, but most of all it is a book about a small, smiling boy.