Christy Brown by Georgina Louise Hambleton
The Life that Inspired My Left Foot

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Christy Brown was severely disabled with cerebral palsy, unable to use any part of his body other than his left foot. Doctors said he was a 'mental defective' and that he would never be able to lead any kind of normal life; Christy proved them wrong.

His mother taught him to write using chalk on the worn floor of their small home, and Christy grew into a talented artist and writer. His 1954 memoir My Left Foot was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, while his bestselling novel Down All the Days was described by the Irish Times as 'the most important novel since Ulysses'.

Using previously unpublished letters and poems, this first authorised biography marks Christy Brown's importance as a writer and celebrates his indomitable spirit. His story proves that, with hope and determination, almost impossible odds can be overcome.


About Georgina Louise Hambleton

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Georgina Louise Hambleton lives in New York and Morocco. She has a degree and two Masters and loves being alive.
Published September 2, 2011 by Mainstream Digital. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The film was 13 years old and its subject long dead in 2003, when a chatty Dublin taxi driver first tipped off University College undergrad Hambleton about Christy Brown (1932–81).

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Christy Brown: The Life That Inspired My Left Foot, Georgina Louise Hambleton, Mainstream Publishing, £15.99, pp240 Christy Brown once wrote: 'From the gutter of my defeated dreams you pulled me to heights almost your own.' It was August 1968 and the poem was a dedication to his mother, Bridget, ...

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