Cockeyed: A MemoirHardback
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- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 190mm
- Publication date: 11 January 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1843545624
- ISBN 13: 9781843545620
- Sales rank: 1,440,425
On his eighteenth birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. Blending mordant wit with intense personal reflection, "Cockeyed" is the story of Ryan's loss of sight. We follow his journey from absolute denial - which lost Ryan his trousers, his girlfriend and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his driving licence - to acceptance of life without vision and reliance on a cane. Utterly irreverent, this tour of our everyday world conducted by a wicked, smart, blind guy reveals the world of the sighted in all its phenomenal peculiarity. Ryan Knighton's memoir makes us discover the world afresh, and reminds us that even the most ordinary things have extraordinary and precious qualities.
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Ryan Knighton lives in Vancouver and teaches English at Vancouver's Capilano College. A poet, journalist and essayist he writes for the New York Times and Salon.com and is the subject of a documentary entitled 'As Slow as Possible'. Cockeyed is his first book.
"* 'Engaging and insightful, literally shedding light on a dark and misunderstood condition.' Kirkus Review (Starred) * 'Hilarious and unsentimental-yet-moving memoir...this book is a way to see life through another lens, an invitation to take a journey that no reader should refuse.' (starred) Publishers Weekly"