Louise Beech

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This Is What It Means To Be Human

book | Fiction | 2021
UK → Orenda Books (Ed. Karen Sullivan)

Sebastian is a twenty-year-old with a young man’s typical interests: sport, pop music and, of course, sex. But Sebastian is autistic, so sex and relationships seem to be out of the question for him. 

Or are they? Veronica, Sebastian’s mother, desperately wants her lonely son to be happy, and takes the shocking decision to pay a professional to give Sebastian his first experience. 

Veronica approaches ‘high-class escort’ Violetta – a very ordinary young woman trying to pay for both her nursing degree and the care her seriously ill father urgently needs.
But is turning to prostitution the best way to help Sebastian find his place in the world – to help him find the love he craves? 

Mesmerisingly beautiful and rich with emotion,This Is How We Are Human is a challenging and moving drama about the lengths we go to for the ones we love … and how the best intentions can go crushingly wrong.


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