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UK Disability History Month: 2021

18th November - 20th December 2021

UK Disability History month is an annual event, celebrating and creating discussions around the history of disability rights and experiences in the UK and around the world. This year, the themes are sex and relationships and hidden impairments.

This Year's Selection

This year's selection consists of both books and ebooks by disabled authors. They are on display on Level 1 of the main library. A further selection of books are on display near the lifts on Level 1. All books are available to borrow.

Chosen Books 2021

disfigured book cover

Disfigured: On Fairytales, Disability and Making Space

Amanda Leduc

A look at how fairytales influence expectations and beahviour towards disability

Exile and Pride book cover

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation

Eli Clare

Essays exploring home as place, community, body, identity and activism

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Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World

Elinor Cleghorn

Unpacking the roots of perpetual misunderstanding and misdiagnosis of women's bodies

frida kahlo and my left leg book cover

Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

Emily Rapp Black

A personal examination of how the experiences, art and disabilities of Frida Kahlo shaped her life as an amputee

care work book cover

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Collection of essays exploring politics of disability justice, with the lives of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black and brown people at the centre.

the minds eye book cover

The Mind's Eye

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people (including himself) who are able to navigate the world despite losing senses and abilities related to sight

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The Amazing Edie Eckhart

Rosie Jones

This debut children's book from comedian Rosie Jones is the endearing and laugh-out-loud story of the eponymous Edie; a schoolgirl with cerebral palsy and a love of performance.

 

Reading and Writing Disability Differently book cover

Reading and Writing Disability Differently

Tanya Titchkosky

Unpacks the marginality of disabled people by addressing how our existence is configured in everyday literature society

Useful Links

Books by Disabled Authors

Here are a selection of books by disabled authors from the UK and around the world. These are available to loan on Primo, just click on the book cover to see it on Primo. 

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for something specific, search in Primo.

Arts

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic book cover

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel

The Sad Ghost Club book cover

The Sad Ghost Club

Lize Meddings

Keith Haring Journals book cover

Keith Haring Journals

Keith Haring

Diary of Frida Kahlo book cover

Diary of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Up in the Air book cover

Up in the Air: Collected Film Scripts

Derek Jarman

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Eye

David Bailey

Theatres of Learning Disability book cover

Theatres of Learning Disability

Matt Hargrave

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs book cover

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse

Winding Paths book cover

Winding Paths

Bruce Chatwin

Chuck Close Prints book cover

Chuck Close Prints

Chuck Close

Modern Nature book cover

Modern Nature

Derek Jarman

Biographies

The Reason I Jump book cover

The Reason I Jump

Naoki Higashida

Sitting Pretty book cover

Sitting Pretty

Rebekah Taussig

My Brief History book cover

My Brief History

Stephen Hawking

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar book cover

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Chris Packham

Being Heumann book cover

Being Heumann

Judith Heumann

Always Looking Up book cover

Always Looking Up

Michael J. Fox

Laughing at My Nightmare book cover

Laughing at My Nightmare

Shane Burcaw

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly book cover

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Story of My Life book cover

The Story of My Life

Helen Keller

Ernest Hemingway on Writing book cover

Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Ernest Hemingway

My Left Foot book cover

My Left Foot

Christy Brown

Zami: a new spelling of my name book cover

Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Audre Lorde

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury book cover

Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury

Alyson Norman

Fiction

Kindred: a Graphic Novel Adaptation book cover

Kindred: a Graphic Novel Adaptation

Octavia E. Butler

The Bell Jar book cover

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? book cover

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick

The Catcher in the Rye book cover

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

The Time Machine book cover

The Time Machine

H. G. Wells

The Great Gatsby book cover

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Crime and Punishment book cover

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

A Shadow on Summer book cover

A Shadow on Summer

Christy Brown

A Moveable Feast book cover

A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

The Complete Stories book cover

The Complete Stories

Flannery O'Connor

Breakfast at Tiffany's book cover

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote

Milton: Paradise Lost book cover

Paradise Lost

John Milton

Ficciones book cover

Ficciones (Fictions)

Jorge Luis Borges

A Room of One's Own book cover

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

Dawn book cover

Dawn

Octavia E. Butler

Poetry & Plays

Mystery and Manners book cover

Mystery and Manners

Flannery O'Connor

Beauty Is a Verb book cover

Beauty Is a Verb

Jennifer Bartlett

Pygmalion book cover

Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw

Sue Townsend plays 1 book cover

Plays: 1

Sue Townsend

Ariel book cover

Ariel

Sylvia Plath

Don Juan book cover

Don Juan

George Gordon Byron

School Experience Collection

I Am Not A Label book cover

I Am Not A Label

Cerrie Burnell

Break the Mould book cover

Break the Mould

Sinead Burke

Social Sciences

Disability Visibility book cover

Disability Visibility

Alice Wong

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful book cover

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

Sarah Wilson

Crippled book cover

Crippled

Frances Ryan

Illness as Metaphor book cover

Illness as Metaphor

Susan Sontag

The Autistic Brain book cover

The Autistic Brain

Temple Grandin

Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited book cover

Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited

Tom Shakespeare

Disability Research Today book cover

Disability Research Today

Tom Shakespeare

Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments book cover

Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments

John Swain

The Problem of Pain book cover

The Problem of Pain

C. S. Lewis

That's the Way I Think book cover

That's the Way I Think

David Grant

Seeing Voices book cover

Seeing Voices

Oliver Sacks

The Gift of Dyslexia

The Gift of Dyslexia

Ronald Davis

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Aspergirls

Rudy Simone

Animals in Translation book cover

Animals in Translation

Temple Grandin

Other books by disabled authors

A Brief History of Time book cover

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

I Had A Black Dog book cover

I Had A Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

Motivational Interviewing in Diabetes Care book cover

Motivational Interviewing in Diabetes Care

Marc P Steinberg

Building the Inclusive City book cover

Building the Inclusive City

Victor Santiago Pineda

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Inclusive Growth

Toby Mildon

Books about Disability

The following are a selection of books about disability, but not necessarily written by disabled authors. All are available to loan on Primo. This is not an exhaustive list. Search on Primo if you are looking for something more specific.

Print Books about Disability

The Power of Neurodiversity book cover

The Power of Neurodiversity

Thomas Armstrong

Loneliness and Its Opposite book cover

Loneliness and Its Opposite

Don Kulick

Sexuality and Disability book cover

Sexuality and Disability

Maddie Blackburn

The Problem Body book cover

The Problem Body

Sally Chivers

Disability book cover

Disability

Colin Barnes

Diversity in Disney Films book cover

Diversity in Disney Films

Cheu Johnson

Illness the cry of the fresh book cover

Illness: The Cry of the Flesh

Havi Carel

Crip Theory book cover

Crip Theory

Robert McRuer

What about us? Sex Education for Children with Disabilities book cover

What about us? Sex Education for Children with Disabilities

Ann Craft

Sexuality and Disability book cover

Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Everyday Practice

Elaine Cooper

Creative Approaches in Dementia Care book cover

Creative Approaches in Dementia Care

Hilary Lee

eBooks about Disability

Pain Is Really Strange book cover

Pain Is Really Strange

Steve Haines

Disability and Qualitative Inquiry Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World book cover

Disability and Qualitative Inquiry Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World

Ronald J. Berger

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism book cover

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism

Sickness, Disability and Work book cover

Sickness, Disability and Work

 

Culture - Theory - Disability book cover

Culture - Theory - Disability

 

Journals about Disability

Sexuality and Disability journal cover

Sexual and Disability

The Review of Disability Studies journal cover

The Review of Disability Studies