Life, Interrupted: The Memoir of a Nearly Person by James McConnel hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Headline Review, 2006, Paperback.
First in this, paperback, edition.
From the cover: Growing up as a percussive child, James McConnel describes life in a family overshadowed by the tragic death of his sister. He finds some solace in his talent for piano playing but gradually comes to realise that the incontrollable sniffs, coughs, and faces might not just be a funny little habit or just a phase but a need, a compulsion to be satisfied until it feels just right. An inspirational music teacher nurtures his gift for the piano but a moped accident dramatically quashes his dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Passion, resilience and luck combine to win him a coveted place at the Royal College of Music but irrepressible shouts and jerks, difficult relationships and alcoholism see him abandon this course, unable to shake feelings of inadequacy and freakishness and of being a nearly person. At the age of 32, he was finally diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome and was at long last able to understand his twitches and obsessions, and feel comfortable in his own skin.
Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
345 pages. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £5.00 on my delightful website… but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…