The Life That Inspired My Left Foot
The biography of the artist and writer whose memoir was made into the Oscar-winning film My Left Foot
Christy Brown was severely disabled from birth with cerebral palsy and 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.
This is the first authorised biography of Christy Brown, written with the help of his surviving family members and artists who knew him well. It tells the astonishing story of Christy's struggle with his disability and his development as an artist, author and poet, beginning with his mother teaching him to read and write using chalk on the worn floor of their small family home. Christy's memoir My Left Foot was published in 1954 and later made into an Academy Award-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Using previously unpublished letters and poems, this book marks Christy Brown's importance as a writer and celebrates his indomitable spirit. His story is an inspiration, proving that an individual with hope and determination may overcome almost impossible odds.
“A powerful biography . . . a moving portrayal of an astonishing man with a brilliant brain trapped inside a damaged body”
“A splendid book that captures not only the life of Christy Brown, but the atmosphere of the world he grew up in”
Irish Sunday Independent
“From unpublished and largely unexamined letters and poems, and through the memories of his friends and family, this great man and his works are now revived”
“Illuminates Christy's spirit, determination and talent as a writer”
“Hambleton's instincts are right, and she is eager to present her subject as foul-mouthed, frank and often furious . . . she offers some fine anecdotes”
“A fascinating account of a unique man who overcame his physical limitations to become much more than his famous left foot”