Zero To Hero:”Out Of The Whirl Pool” By Sue Martin

I haven’t posted for the Zero to hero in a while but to be fair it’s been just about tweeking your layout and such.

I finished a book the other day called “out of the whirl pool” by Sue Martin. In the early days, i’d read some of the chapters of the book and was hooked. Normally i don’t like audio books, especially ones read by the authors, but Sue has a nice drawl to her voice. The book grips you right from the start. At the start i didn’t want to read about it because it dealt with sucide but i am glad i did stick with it. Sue has had a hell of a roller coaster of a life and i think she still has much more to write. I caught myself smiling when i read about her orientation and mobility training. I thought of my own training i had when i first learnt to use the cane. I can still remember that day. I even thought back to school when i learnt braille.

When i read her early chapters there were different details, but the audio book now has the little details smoothed out. It must have been so hard for Sue to write her story. I thought it was cool she remembered all the details.

I am so glad i read it. If you would like to read the book, or buy it, i should say,
You can go to her website
Where you can read more of her blog.

Can’t wait for the next book, Sue.

“ABC UK” By James Dunn

I recently won a compitition that the charity
Living Paintings
Which does books with raised pictures and an audio accompaniment for blind and partially sighted children and adults. I used to edit books for them when i was a child, and did rent some of their adult books, but found i didn’t much have the time for listening.

So anyway, this compitition was to name a sock monkey that was someones mascott for completing a cycle trip around Paris i think. I can’t even remember what the question was, but i suggested Lilly for the monkey and won it. I still need to get a picture sorted for the living paintings website lol. Included in the box was a book that they wanted to know what i thought. It was called “ABCUK” by James Dunn. With a title like that i thought it was a kids book, but i couldn’t have been more wrong! Yes it is a kids book sort of, but it is all about the ABCS of britain today. Things like “A for Arthur” meaning King Arthur, or “P is for punk”. It starts off with the author’s history, and who is illustrating the book. It then goes into the different letters, followed by some music, then a litle history about the particular thing beginning with that letter. Not all the pictures are raised up, but they are well described. Even the raised up one sare well described.

I like how it seems to be young people doing each letter. I’m sure it was a fun project for them to do.

It was a fun book, and if you were interested in the history etc, it would be even better. My only other problem was that it was written in grade one braille, which isn’t a problem exactly, but rather an annoyance as when you are used to grade 2 it really slows you down! This isn’t a criticism though. I also like that it isn’t just boring people reading, and that it was young people who would have been interested in football and that.

If you would be interested in following living paintings, look for “Living paintings” on Facebook, or follow @Livingpaintings on twitter.

I would encourage people to check this library out. It’s free too to lend a book.

Thanks again for the monkey and i promise i’ll get a pic soon!

“Stepping Into The Dark” By David Lucas

I am a member of a couple of groups on facebook about guide dogs. One of the guys published his book “Stepping into the dark”. He posted it in the “docs” section of one particular group one day. I wasn’t sure if i would read it, but decided to give it a go one day.

“Stepping into the dark” as you can guess is about a man learning how to cope after losing his sight. It talks about how he had been visually impaired since childhood, but that his sight got worse over time. Instead of it being like a pity party, the book dealt with the hard facts. The author talks about attitudes around him, and how when he was a child he got called “Cross eyed clarance” by kids and teachers in school.

The author doesn’t sugarcoat things and says exactly how he feels both as a child, and when he had to register with his social services department as partially sighted.

The author explains his feelings on getting a guide dog, and the anger he felt when the idea was put to him.

The guy talks about much more besides, but i don’t know how much i could write about it without giving parts away.

When i had only finished the first 6 chapters, i had to email the author to explain my feelings. Most of that email was “Wow”! or words to that effect. I had to open a microsoft word document to write down my feelings on each chapter. The book made me examine my own feelings, and how i seemed to people. It also made me write about my feelings towards a cane, and how when i was 12 i thought you just had to do it.

I found myself being totally shocked at the attitudes of people, and i’m sad to say while it has got a little better, it still is a long way off being perfect.

I think i’m starting to ramble now, but i would recommend reading this. I would advise you to write down any feelings you get from it as it is such a powerful book.

The author has said that he will add to the book to “bring it up to date” and he is talking about making an audio and E book version sometime in the near future i hope.

For anyone wanting a print book though, you can get it

I’m so glad i stuck with it even though i had to leave it between each read, but i wanted to read more if i did decided to read a chapter.

I’m not sure how to end this but i’ll say it is deffinetly worth a read.