Emily Owen was a multi talented teenager. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Over the coming years, NF2 would steal her education, her smile, her hearing, her ability to walk. With gentle humour and heart-breaking honesty, Emily shares her story. Slowly and painfully, she discovers value in new places, seeing the rainbows in the silence.
Finding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye
The illustrated diary of a single girl aged thirty who returns to live with her eccentric parents after being diagnosed with a mystery illness akin to ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While languishing in Gloucestershire, Sophie has time to contemplate issues of friendship, family and faith, as she takes a quirky and at times hilarious route to recovery.
Ride the Wings of the Morning
A conventional English girl arrives in South Africa to help a friend run horseback safaris and ends up driving medical supplies to an orphanage in war-torn Mozambique. This true story is told through correspondence sent back and forth between Sophie and her family in England.
Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.
The book follows the author’s experiences as she and her friends come to terms with the non-stop hustle and bustle of hospital life. Bestselling memoir following the ups and downs of a trainee nurse in the 1970s. It is written with humour and candour but also a great deal of compassion.
Hurry Up Nurse 2 by Dawn Brookes
This sequel to Hurry up Nurse: memoirs of nurse training in the 1970s, follows the author to London in 1980. From the first night when they econter ‘Screaming Girl’ and cockraoches in the kitchen, these nurses know they are in for challenging days ahead.