Sue Atkins in Conversation with Andrew Merriman Author of ’A Major Adjustment’ a book about the challenge of having a child with Down’s Syndrome

In 1999 Sarah’s father Andy Merriman wrote a frank and moving book, A Minor Adjustment, about the challenge of having a child with Down’s Syndrome in her early years. The national publicity it gained saw it become a treasured resource for other families on a similar journey, selling over 8,000 copies.

Andy has now written another book called ‘A Major Adjustment’ which picks up Sarah’s story taking us from her starring, aged five, in the Radio4 comedy-drama series based on her own childhood to being part of Michel Roux Jr’s compelling Kitchen Impossible series at 23.

Andy has combined contributions from Sarah herself, her friends, from the rest of their family and from other parents of children with Down’s syndrome, as well as Peter Davison, Sally Phillips and Kevin Kilbane to make a book that is honest and uplifting, painful and joyous, informative and inspirational.

While every young person with Down’s syndrome is a unique individual with their own ambitions, abilities, skills and plans for the future, Sarah’s story demonstrates how much someone with a learning disability can achieve with the right support and opportunities.

Today we’re going to discover one young woman’s inspirational journey to independence and adulthood by speaking to Andy Merriman about his new book launched to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day (21 March).