Don’t Bring Lulu; Her Family’s Tale of Trial and Triumph launched on YouTube.

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November 28, 2016 by dontbringlulubook


The story of Louise Onions and her journalist father has been launched on YouTube.

You just have to key in Sarah Onions on YouTube.

Or head to:  where you can see the short and long version here.


It’s an account of Lulu’s severe special needs – she was born with brain damage and without a thyroid gland.

Her father was the first news organiser for the BBC in New York and later editorial director for Independent Radio News and LBC Radio in London.

Louise and her family were stopped by the U.S. Immigration when they arrived for Ron’s prestigious post – he had to argue for the cultural significance of his post.

To cheer up his wife, Doris Onions,he sang the words from a jazz standard, ‘Don’t Bring Lulu’ by Rose and Brown and that’s how the book got its name.

The film, made by director John Bolton (who worked at LBC with presenters Brian Hayes and Pete Murray) is being broadcast online in two versions – the short is under four minutes and the long edit is a commercial half hour.

The long version is also to be linked to the website of Hounslow libraries in West London which has supported the story.

Both versions describe the stress suffered by the Onions’ family – Doris suffered severe post natal depression and Sarah made two suicide attempts.

wp_20161027_17_02_58_proVoiceover artist Mandy Bolton read the script for the short YouTube film and it was edited by John Bolton.


The script was written by co-Lulu author Sarah Onions and the book has just been launched onto Kindle in the U.S. and the U.K.

The pictures show Lulu Onions with her carer and – Mandy Bolton in the studio and John and Mandy Bolton together.

Copyright for the Lulu picture and Mandy Bolton in the studio lies with the Onions’ family and the picture of the Boltons is owned by John Bolton.


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