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The Twinkling of an Eye charts a mother’s heroic ability to face the unthinkable

Twelve-year-old Craig Brown is a high-achiever at one of the country’s top schools. He is smart, popular and adored by his family – an exuberant boy who dreams of going ‘straight to the big time’ as a high-flying lawyer.

Then a series of inexplicable events turns Craig’s world inside out: he develops academic problems and becomes the school bully.

There’s vomiting, migraines and facial paralysis. An MRI scan reveals that a cancerous tumour, the size of a golf ball is slowly colonising Craig’s bright young brain.

Now his parents must confront a grim reality: that their child’s high school years will be spent fighting for his life.

Told through the eyes of his mother, Sue Brown, this transformative tale charts Craig’s extraordinary battle, Brown’s personal struggles, and, above all, a mother’s heroic ability to face the unthinkable. Told with courage, humour and heart, this life-affirming memoir reveals that there is indeed a light that shines in the very darkest of places.

Sue Brown is a qualified physiotherapist who has worked at Groote Schuur and Vincent Pallotti Hospitals, in London for a time, and in private practice in Cape Town. Her journey with Craig changed her life completely. Currently, she volunteers at the St Luke’s Hospice in Cape Town.

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