Breaking out beyond the niche: ‘disabled literature’ should inform the mainstream

Breaking out beyond the niche: ‘disabled literature’ should inform the mainstream

When my début book Crippled, a non-fiction title exposing the impact of government cuts on disabled people in the UK, was published by Verso in 2019, I felt like I had a mantra on repeat: “Disability is a mainstream issue.” I was very fortunate with the positive reception the book received. But throughout the process it struck me how often I had to convince people that disability was a mainstream subject, and that my book, and those like it, belong alongside commercial political titles (typically written by non-disabled authors).

By any definition, disability is far from niche. It’s the la...

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