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Sophie's Boys - Sophie Smith

Paperback Published: 10th April 2018
ISBN: 9781925712131

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When Sophie and Ash discovered they were expecting triplets, it was much more exciting than daunting.

But when Sophie went into labour at only 21 weeks, their world was turned upside down. Though they fought fiercely they could not escape tragedy. Tiny Henry lived for just one cherished hour, Evan for 10 days and Jasper was with them for only 58 days.

Heartbroken and back in her empty home, Sophie realised she could not allow herself to drown in her grief. On Ash’s advice, she began to run. Step by step she regained some equilibrium. She became determined to turn her agony into something positive. Gathering supporters around her, she founded the Running for Premature Babies Foundation to raise money for the hospital unit that had cared for her sons. In their first Sydney half marathon, the group raised $80,000.

Sophie and Ash had two more sons, Owen and Harvey, when tragedy revisited them. Ash was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Sophie was forced once again into a world of pain and grief, caring for her beloved husband as well as their two young boys. Together, the family faced the reality of death with courage and tenderness.

When Ash passed away in 2016, Sophie once again put one foot in front of the other, and ran. Not running from her pain, but towards something useful. Her charity, the Running for Premature Babies Foundation, has now raised well in excess of $2.5 million to help the thousands of premature babies born each year.

Beautifully written and disarmingly honest, Sophie’s Boys is an inspiring and life-affirming tale of an irrepressible spirit, who found strength in tragedy.

About the Author

Sophie Smith continues to manage and run for the charity she started with her partner Ash – to date the charity has raised $2.5 million, directly benefitting approximately 4000 babies, and has had over 1500 runners. In 2017 the Running for Premature Babies Foundation began a new chapter, becoming a registered charitable foundation with a vision to provide a better chance of survival for premature babies and celebrate all prematurely born children, both living and lost. Sophie lives in Sydney.

Deborah FitzGerald is a senior journalist, editor and writer who has worked across all media platforms including print, radio, television and digital. She has worked for major media organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Nine and News Corp. She is currently editor of a news website based at the University of Technology, Sydney. Deborah won a Varuna/Harper Collins Manuscript Development Award in 2006 and her short story The Anniversary was published in the Best Australian Stories 2011 anthology. She completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS in the same year. Deborah lives in Clovelly, Sydney, with her husband, Mark Waugh, and their two sons, Mac and Finn.

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An amazing family handling grief in beautiful ways

5

Such an amazing story about a beautiful family and an incredible woman, Sophie. As a father of two children - one with angel wings and an older one who said goodbye to her younger sibling, the book beautifully describes some of the ways families (and in particular, children), handle the grief of a loved one. I don't think I've ever read a book that's brought tears to my eyes so many times. Sophie's story brought back so many sad, but beautiful, memories along the way. I struggle to comprehend the depths of what Sophie has been through but my heart is full of admiration for this amazing woman. A highly recommended read!

Melbourne, Australia

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I cried, I laughed but most of all I was inspired and in awe

5

I've just finished reading Sophie's Boys and have say what a great tribute to her family, to their extended family - and also to Sophie. I laughed, I cried, I had to put the book down to have a bigger cry at one stage, I was inspired - but most of all I was filled with the love Sophie has for her family and for life. What she's done in the triplet's memory is incredible and not just life changing for the families that will use the equipment, but life giving. When most people would struggle to put one foot in front of the other, she's found a way to turn things around - all with the truth and honesty of both the love and heartbreak. This is a great read for anyone - but particularly for someone who has lost a child - or friends of the family who have lost a child because it gives such a great insight into what they could be experiencing and some ways to support them. I think the biggest lesson I received from the book was to ask the name of the child who has passed and to use it.

Sydney

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Be inspired and help a wonderful cause

5

A beautifully written book by the ever-inspiring Sophie Smith. Her approach to dealing with her loss and grief has reached out and touched so many in a thoughtful and positive way. Thank you Sophie for sharing your story.

Melbourne

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Sophie's Boys a brilliant book.

5

Sophie this book is brilliant, there were lots and lots of tears during this read and a bit of laughter too. Your strength reminds us all that it is worth fighting for everything. Keep up the good work so many people are thank full for all your hard work.

Huntingdale WA

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Heart wrenching, beautiful but most of all inspirational

5

You might think reading about something so tragic would be depressing, but it really isn't. It is extremely sad and don't expect to get through it without shedding more than a few tears, but you come away from it feeling uplifted, motivated and truly inspired. It depicts pure love, raw loss and epic strength that stays with you long after finishing it. An amazing book about a truly remarkable family

Sydney

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A book to read when we need hope.

5

Sophie's Boys is an amazing journey from an amazing woman.It will make you laugh .It will certainly make you cry.A book full of love,inspiration and hope.

Australia

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Incredible book

5

We couldn't put this book down, Sophie is an inspiration to us having had a premature baby last year ourselves. Thank you for sharing your journey. 💜

Helensburgh

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What an amazing woman!

5

The sad but inspiring story that has seen the author not crumble down in grief but instead channel her energy into changing something for parents of premature babies. I can't even begin to u der stand how Sophie must've felt, it's very inspiring!

Melbourne, Australia

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Beautiful and touching story

5

A touching story of how a woman's tragedy was turned into a wonderful charity that's helping to save lives. Sophie's strength in the face of the loss of her triplets and then her husband is remarkable, and her perseverance to create and continue to run the Running for Premature Babies charity is truly commendable. She is an inspiration to many and truly makes you believe the good in people. A great read.

Sydney

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Beautiful tribute and story of hope !!

5

An honest and raw account of a somewhat taboo subject. Such an inspiring message and overall feeling of hope, and a celebration of love. A beautifully written book, that would make a wonderful gift.

Sydney

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ISBN: 9781925712131
ISBN-10: 1925712133
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1

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