WIN a copy of The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat!

Closing Date: 9th October 2019


“I absolutely loved it. I really felt like that little girl longing to keep the lovely dog and then the sad loss and hurt and confusion of her father. It really touched my heart.” _Alison Steadman


The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat John Foley

Illustrated by Alice Hawthorn

12th September 2019 | Paperback Original | £5.99 | 7+

Published by QuizzicalWorks in association with Mencap


All profits from sales of this book will go to Mencap, the UK’s leading charity for people with a learning disability.


The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat is a moving, magical and charming tale exploring love, loss and happiness through the lens of a little girl and her extraordinary bear, teaching children the importance of change and how to recognise complex notions like grief.

For young Ruthie and her dog Scruffy the days are full of fun and laughter – _until certain events change everything, and it seems that Ruthie will never be happy again. But fate can also be kind, and the sudden arrival of an extraordinary teddy bear begins to restore her happiness – _and to save her life just in time for Christmas.

Inspired by a rather strange-looking teddy bear gifted to his wife by her 97-year-old father, so she had something to hug when he was gone, John will donate all profits from this book to charity. As the son of a neurologist who specialised in cerebral palsy, John often heard his father speak about Mencap and their invaluable work for people with a learning disability. Also, a very close friend who encouraged John to start writing, was, as a result of a deadly illness at an early age, deeply affected by a learning disability.


Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity. There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places which affects someone for their whole life. People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.


About the Author

John Foley is a writer and audiobook producer who has scripted and voiced more than 600 programmes for the BBC World Service and BBC English. He has produced more than 100 audiobooks including unabridged classics by Virginia Woolf, Trollope, Bryon, Hardy and more.



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