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Title: Kika & Me
Authors: Patel, Amit
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 287
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within 36 hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along ...

But Kika's stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy - could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations - can he trust a dog with his safety?

Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back. [Taken from book cover, Pan MacMillan Books]


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"An inspiring story."

"Excellent and moving book. I finished it in two days."

"A very easy and well-written book with lots of information on the effects of losing one's sight."

"The book is clearly and simply written and I enjoyed the photos which give another dimension."

"An extremely interesting story and the author comes across as a very personable person."

"I learnt so much. Now I know why they have yellow raised markings leading up to pedestrian crossings."

"The description of the interactions between Kika and the humans around her is very moving."

"I liked the inclusion of a chapter by the author's wife about what it is like being married to a blind person."

"I found it very helpful to include information on how to interact with a blind person and their dog."

"I think we should all read such a book as this, to learn of the struggles people with disabilities encounter."

"I've thought about this book a lot since reading it. I'm so impressed with the author, his wife and the dog!"

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Contemporary, Inspirational, Medical/Health, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles

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