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January 20, 2017



Published by Sphere 5th January 2017

‘One of those wonderful books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time’ Good Housekeeping
Meet thirty something dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.
Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.
When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other …
When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece.
A boy Made of Blocks is beautiful, funny.
I am estranged.
This is the first thought that hits me as I leave the house, cross the road and climb into our battered old estate car. I guess the correct term is we are estranged, but then mostly, I suppose, this is my fault. I look back and see my wife Jody, in the doorway, her long hair dishevelled and knotted. Burying his head into her side is our eight-year-old son, Sam.
Truly a brilliant story, so very different from what has ever been written before. Keith Stuart is a very gifted writer. The author Keith Stuart was inspired by his own experiences with his son to write this book. The true story behind A Boy Made of Blocks is that when Keith’s son Zac reached the age of two, his wife read that most children have a vocabulary of around fifty words. Zac could only say ten. Once Keith Stuart’s son was seven he was officially diagnosed as being on the autism scale. Keith writes for a living about video games, he has often written about Zac and Minecraft for the Guardian. 
The story of A Boy Made of Blocks is about Alex and his wife Jody who have split up and have a beautiful baby boy Sam. Sam is diagnosed as on the upper end of the autism spectrum and Sam has speech therapy. Jody can’t work because Sam needs his mum constantly. On the days that Dan has Sam, he seems to dread taking Sam out as he is so difficult and Dan is useless at managing him. Both sets of parents do love Sam, but Dan doesn’t understand him like his wife Jody. I thought it was brilliant how Sam loved to play Minecraft. 
Minecraft isn’t really a game in the strict sense of the word it’s like Lego. It lets you build stuff, destroy stuff, dig massive holes, chase farm animals and kill monsters. 
I recommend A Boy made of Blocks as it is a heart warming story of family and love.



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