All profits from John Foley’s The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat to be donated to Mencap
Published by QuizzicalWorks, The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat is out now. 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 by John Foley – and illustrated by Alice Hawthorn – 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.
“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
“Recapture the joy and innocence of childhood with John Foley’s The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat – it’s the perfect Christmas read and an excellent stocking filler!” Caroline Roberts, Mencap
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. As a children’s author, his previous works include Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories and Another Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories inspired by summers spent in Hans Christian Andersen’s house in Copenhagen.