What is your favourite book?
What is it about?
This book is about two people with cerebral palsy and their different yet connecting lives. Arthur, born in the first half of the 20th century and Esther, born in the later half of the same century, both bound together by the myth of the Skallagrigg. Arthur has to deal with the stark conditions of a turn of the century hospital with its cruel ways and staff, in particular a character named Dilk. Esther, who seemingly has the benefit of modern caring and education, is a lost soul searching for recognition and meaning. Arthur manages to get through his ordeals in life by calling for the Skallagrigg, his belief that it will help him is unwavering. Esther who has her own ordeals and disappointments embarks on a quest to discover the source of the Skallagrigg stories, in the process she finds herself.
Why is this book your favourite?
It's a story of triumph and belief.
How did you discover your favourite book?
I found it in a second hand bookshop in Cambridge in 1988.
How has your favourite book impacted you, if at all?
This book made me take a long and hard look at myself and my attitudes towards life and people. It gave me a faith I can't name, a belief I can't define - when I first read this book, (I've now read it 7 times), it gave me the courage to carry on!
Here's your chance to encourage others to read your favourite book!
Thanks Fiona! This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to find with this feature - a book I had never heard of that would take me places I hadn't even considered going. It's on my to-read list!