Mona Dash


Baby, you hold on, and I will hold on.

Mona Dash’s first child is born with SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency) for which there is no treatment in his country. And so begins her roller-coaster journey which spans ten years, takes her from India to London, and involves her in the complexities of genetic medicine.

Mona Dash writes her story of genetics roulette without self-pity, with astounding courage and even humour. Her memoir contains valuable information for couples facing infertility and complicated pregnancies, for parents of premature babies, and children with SCID.

With an Introduction by Professor Bobby Gaspar of Great Ormond Street Hospital, pioneer in gene therapy.

A deeply affecting book, touching and beautifully rendered. A powerful read from an exciting new voice.
– Irenosen Okojie

A writer of rare bravery
– Roopa Farooki

Publication date: April 2019

978-1-9996046-6-0 AROTD paperback

978-1-9996046-7-7 AROTD digital

Price; £9.99 & £5.99
Pages: 300pp


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About this book

Mona Dash is the author of Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press, 2016) and two poetry collections, Dawn-Drops (Writer’s Workshop India, 2001) and A Certain Way (Skylark Publications, 2017). Her short story collection, Let us look Elsewhere, was shortlisted for the 2018 SI Leeds Literary prize. She is a Telecoms Engineer with a MBA and works for a global technology organisation. Originally from India, she lives with her husband and son in London.

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“A profoundly moving and uplifting book about the triumphant survival of life against all odds. It’ll go straight into your heart and expand its capacity for feeling. Read it and be changed.”
– Neel Mukherjee

“A writer of rare bravery, putting forward a manifesto against the tropes and delighting in subverting expectations.”
– Roopa Farooki

“A deeply affecting book, touching and beautifully rendered. A powerful read from an exciting new voice.”
– Irenosen Okojie

“Powerful, moving, beautifully observed and wonderfully sensitive. It mines the depths and heights of human love and suffering and is perceptive about family dynamics, the weight of trauma and comfort of family support. The steady accretion of detail and emotion are exceptionally skilful; the book creeps up on you and steals your heart. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I particularly like the observations of daily life in cities – the textured evocation of having to walk and talk, live, love and work in the ‘ordinary’ world – while going through operatic swings of emotion at the same time. Mona Dash is a powerful, important and fearlessly honest new voice – capable of looking the deepest suffering and the greatest joy full in the face.”
– Bidisha

“A beautiful depiction of heartbreak and resilience. This memoir will open your eyes whilst filling them with tears.”
– Mahsuda Snaith