Leaving hero culture

Leaving hero culture

On the shelves of Edinburgh bookshops, it is hard to find memoirs written by disabled and chronically ill writers. The few that I do uncover reveal common themes: an embattled quest for a cure which they at last discover, or a tale of recovery from a narrator who is leaving their dramatically ill, injured or disabled life behind. There are sages who learn life lessons, or humourists who see the bright side with laughs along the way. These are memoirs telling of the hero’s journey: narrators who have recovered, improved, or led an inspirational life in some way. 

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