Books written by couples after the son’s sudden death are expected to sell a million

A series of books written by a couple after their son’s sudden death has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.

Adam’s Cloud is on the verge of achieving a million sales and counts movie stars Michael Douglas and Adam Sandler among its A-list fans.

The series of nine books will be shown at the Craft and Design Fair Gifted in Dublin’s RDS from Wednesday.

Four-year-old Adam Bennett, who died suddenly in 2007, became the inspiration for his parents’ Adam’s Cloud book series (PA)

The books are written by Benji and Jackie Bennett after the loss of their four-year-old son Adam in 2007 and have far exceeded their expectations.

Their original plan was to write one book that aimed to build love and resilience in young people – and inspire other parents to spend 10 minutes reading to their children at night.

Mrs Bennett, 54, of Stillorgan, Dublin, said: “Adam became very suddenly ill with a brain tumor and was gone within 24 hours.

“We never did this for anything other than to think that some friends might want to buy a few copies, and the idea was to remind parents to read their children a story before they go to bed, but it took off from there. .

“We are very lucky – through the books we are able to inspire young families to the joy and love of reading them. People who start writing books rarely do so for money; now it’s our full-time business. ”

The husband and wife team, who have three other children, saw their first book, Before You Sleep, win the Children’s Book of the Year on their son’s anniversary in 2009 – and outperformed Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo.

Mr. Bennett, also 54, said: “We will soon be on a million copies.

“The idea for the book came shortly after Adam’s death, and we just did it without any thought. He’s my son, and I wanted complete control over his books. I did not want a publisher to edit the message or change the illustrations. “

A portion of the profits from each book sold goes to charities, including Make A Wish, Barretstown, Barnardo’s, LauraLynn and Anam Cara.

The couple will be among hundreds of designers, designers and craft food producers at the modern craft and design fair Gifted, which returns to RDS this Wednesday and runs until Sunday night.

It is expected to attract 35,000 people and generate € 5 million. for sale.

Another star attraction will be saddle maker Lucy Cushley of Killinchy, Co Down, who worked on the set for the recently released Hollywood film The Last Duel starring Matt Damon.

Award-winning Dublin jeweler Mark Newman, who suffers from a rare phenomenon called aphantasia – meaning he can not visualize his designs in mind until he creates them – will also be exhibiting.

Talented organizer Patrick O’Sullivan said the fair will give exhibitors renewed joy by conveying the unique character of a gift to people and the steps involved in making it – something that has been lacking in the craft and design industry since Covid- 19.

“The fair is a unique opportunity to interact with the most creative people in Ireland and discover thousands of original products,” he said.

Gifted takes place at RDS Main Hall in Dublin’s Ballsbridge from 1-5. December.


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