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By David L Hammer. 1985
By John Ebdon. 1985
John Ebdon captures the whims and eccentricities of the English character in this portrait of the country and its people:… the regimented Farnham commuter, and the cantankerous neighbours with deep down hearts of gold. Explaining along the way why Yorkshiremen are "God's own people" and how London views tourists. 1985.
By Hugues De Montalembert, David Noakes. 1985
In 1978, artist Hughes de Montalembert was blinded by two muggers. This is the tale of his search for a… cure, of his rehabilitation and his despair, and finally his discovery of reconciliation and peace. 1985. Uniform title: Lumière assassinée.
By John Ebdon. 1979
The first book from the Director of the London Planetarium, better known as a humorous broadcaster. Here he writes about… the non-tourist side of Greece, two islands in the Cyclades, where he is accepted into the villages as a welcome inhabitant. In his own words, "It is not a travel book. It is about people... of the islands of Andros and Kos." 1979.
By Stephen Kuusisto. 2006
The author of "Planet of the Blind", who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world… around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. 2006.
By Tom Sullivan. 2012
For Tom Sullivan —author, actor, athlete, singer, entertainer, and producer—a life with blindness has been a life with very few… true limits. In this elegant exploration of the senses, he considers the different challenges he’s faced and explains the wonder he carries because, not in spite, of his blindness. 2012.
By Frances Lief Neer. 1994
Neer suffered from low vision throughout her life and eventually became blind. Just as she lost her sight totally, her… adult son died and left her his 13-year-old daughter to raise. Neer's story is about coping - how to travel, shop, socialize, read and write, and run a household - and she describes attending plays, cooking for dinner parties, becoming street savvy, and, literally, dancing in the dark. 1994.
By Claudio Magris. 1989
Explores the Danube River as it flows through middle-European countries from the Bavarian hills to the Black Sea. Examines the… tension between Greco-Roman and Teutonic cultures, the roots of fascism, the splendour and decline of the Hapsburg dynasty, and the evil of Nazism. 1989. Uniform title: Danubio.
By Ved Mehta. 1972
A memoir about the author's father whose work in the field of cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis is notable. The author… also tells about being sent to a school for the blind after illness robs him of his sight. 1972.
By Eileen J Garcia, Isabel Beveridge. 2003
Raised in a village far from professional help during the Great Depression, Isabel Beveridge attended a distant residential school for… deaf and blind children, and went on to become the first blind graduate of the University of British Columbia. She overcame many difficulties and challenges in her search for higher education and meaningful work in a competitive market, and was eventually awarded a place in the Alumni Hall of Fame of Columbia University in New York in recognition of her groundbreaking achievements as well as her lifetime of service to blind and visually impaired people. 2003.
Centre walk: former students of the Ontario School for the Blind (the W. Ross Macdonald School) recall school memories
By Verne Edquist, Ed Edquist Verne. 1993
For nine to 10 months of the year, the Ontario School for the Blind was home to many children. Here,… former students, including musician Jeff Healey, describe their lives at this school and reminisce about their experiences, both good and bad. 1993.
By Joan Mactavish. 2001
Biography of Mae Brown (1935-1973), who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from a Canadian university, and was a… counsellor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her college tutor chronicles Brown's family, education, social and professional life, and triumphs and disappointments.
By Cyril Wakefield. 1996
This book is of Cyril Wakefield's life in Lincolnshire. He was blind from a very early age but has, just… as with sighted people, a variety of interests, desires and other characteristics. This is the story of an ordinary man who, as the result of misfortune in his very early years, has led a far from ordinary life. 1996.
By Edward Hoagland. 2001
A prolific nature writer's autobiographical essays. In "In the Country of the Blind," Hoagland explores social and biblical notions of… blindness and describes the loss and surgical restoration of his eyesight. Remembers teachers John Berryman and Archibald MacLeish and joining the circus at eighteen. 2001.
By Eva-Marie Kröller. 1987
A detailed survey of Canadian travel writing in the 19th century provides an unusual perspective on Canadian history. Canadians abroad… preferred Britain, France, Italy and Palestine, in that order. The major world expositions and Queen Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilees figure prominently in the writings. 1987.
By Allan Jones. 2018
The author was Canada's first blind diplomat, and his vivid account of life and work in Tokyo, New Delhi and… Ottawa is a testament to the blind person's native capacity for innovation and practical adjustment. But the deeper message of Beyond Vision is more radical and consequential: the self - the real self that is normally veiled - does not go blind. The deep self stands entirely apart from the experience of sightedness or blindness, as a centre of stable equanimity. This is what the author discovered through his study and assimilation of Indian Vedantic philosophy. Jones briefly describes the basic features of Advaita Vedanta, and identifies startling findings of contemporary science that are consonant with the Advaitic view of world and self. He then outlines practical applications of Advaita, for example the mindfulness practice that allowed him to retain his white cane mobility skills despite chronic and untreatable spinal and muscular pain. 2018.
By David Lambert, Margaret Doyle. 1996
This is an up-to-date straightforward guide designed to help teenagers understand and cope responsibly with the physical and emotional changes… of emerging adulthood. The book includes chapters on periods, sexual attraction, making love, safe sex, sex and the disabled and sex and the laws. Junior and Senior High . 1996.
With a borrowed rucksack, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off in 1933 from the Hook of Holland to walk to Constantinople.… This sequel continues the journey down the Danube from Budapest; on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain, and over the Rumanian border into Transylvania, a wild beautiful region of forests and mountains secluded from Western eyes during centuries of religious and national complexity. He planned to live "like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar" but found instead leisurely sojourns in castles. Sequel to "A time of gifts : on foot to Constantinople : from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube". 1986.
By Janet Gray, Lorraine Wylie. 2009
On four occasions Janet Gray has won the World Disabled Water-ski Championships. She has been champion and world record holder… in all three individual disciplines as well as overall champion. In competition with sighted water-skiers, she is one of the top skiers in Ireland and in the higher echelons of competitive skiing in the UK. And yet, in 2004, she nearly died. In the course of a training session in Tampa, Florida, Janet skied at high speed into a steel ski jump in the centre of the lake. 'Doctors assessing the extent of my injuries were united in their prognosis: I wouldn't survive the night.' But Janet Gray did not die. In fact, not only did she make a full recovery, she resumed her career in water-skiing and regained her world titles and previous ranking as World Disabled Water-ski Champion. This book tells her remarkable story. 2009.
By Jonathan Raban. 1987
In 1982 the author set out in an old, made-over ketch, to the only wilderness left: the sea. Unlike his… predecessors, he was not weighted down by "testaments, theories and dogmas;" he wanted to find out what made his own "peculiar country tick" and, in so doing, he charted the coastline of his past, took soundings for the future and unfurled a map of Britain that is comedy and tragedy in one. 1987.