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The biography of the artist and writer whose memoir was made into the Oscar-winning film My Left Foot

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Using previously unpublished letters and poems, this first authorised biography marks Christy Brown's importance as a writer and celebrates his indomitable spirit.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.


A powerful biography . . . a moving portrayal of an astonishing man with a brilliant brain trapped inside a damaged body

The Observer

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From unpublished and largely unexamined letters and poems, and through the memories of his friends and family, this great man and his works are now revived

The Times

Illuminates Christy's spirit, determination and talent as a writer

The Herald

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

Daily Telegraph

A fascinating account of a unique man who overcame his physical limitations to become much more than his famous left foot

Irish Times

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    September 2, 2011

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    256 pages

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