Published to promote and support the work of the RNIB's Talking Books, Sightlines includes pieces from many of Britain's foremost writers, all of whom have contributed their work without fee. Introduced by Sue Townsend, who recently lost her sight, Sightlines includes many hitherto unpublished stories, essays and poems by leading contemporary authors such as Louis de Bernieres, Antonia Fraser, Nina Bawden, Frederick Forsyth, Doris Lessing, A S Byatt, Malcolm Bradbury, David Lodge, John Fowles, D J Enright, Andrew Motion, David Malouf, Brian Aldiss, Tibor Fischer, Philip Kerr and Reginald Hill among many others.
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"I can't imagine not being able to pick up a book whenever I want to", writes Melvyn Bragg. It's a nice twist that this traditional book is devised to ensure that Bragg, and anyone else, will continue to be able to do so, albeit in a different medium. Sightlines is designed to raise funds "to bring the Royal National Institute for the Blind's Talking Books into the digital age", and use digitisation to preserve this important collection for posterity.
Editors PD James and Harriet Harvey Wood have brought together some 50 writers, contributing without fee, to offer their thoughts on sight and blindness, in the majority of cases in previously unpublished pieces--short stories, poetry and essays. And the cavalcade is pretty dazzling: Doris Lessing, Craig Raine, Joanna Trollope, Fay Weldon, John Fowles, Louis de Bernières, Antonia Fraser, AS Byatt, Rose Tremain, David Lodge and so forth. While it seems invidious to single out particular authors, Douglas Dunn's meditation on sight and love is particularly thoughtful; while DJ Enright's apparently autobiographical notes on cataract and Glaucoma--set against a Milton sonnet--are touching. Susan Wicks ends the collection by starkly setting out what she "shall" and "shall not" do "when [she's] blind". But even her negatively "shall not" list transmutes positively into a different notion of "shall": "I shall write sun and shadow by the sweat on me, hills by my heartbeats, the angle at my ankles, write this other landscape by smell..." It is a fitting conclusion to a collection that seeks to write another landscape--by sound. --Alan StewartAbout the Author:
P D James was born in Oxford in 1920. She is the author of fifteen crime novels, eleven of them featuring the poet-detective Adam Dalgleish, and two non-fiction books. For thirty years she was engaged in public service, first as an administrator in the National Health Service and then in the Home Office, from which she retired in 1979. she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts. From 1988 to 1993 she was a Governor of the BBC and a member of the Board of the British Council. From 1988 to 1992 whe served on the Arts Council and was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel. She has won awards for crime writing from Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia and has received honorary doctorates from six British universities. In 1983 she was appointed OBE and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. Harriet Harvey Wood read English and Mediaeval Studies at the University of Edinburgh and was an orchestral manager before joining the British Council in 1973. From 1980 until 1994 she was Head of its Literature Department. Her publications include editions of the Percy-Pinkerton Correspondence (Yale University Press), Watson's Choice Collection of Comic and Serious Scots Poems (Scottish Text Society) and the poems of William Dunbar (Carcanet Press). She is working on a biography of John Gibson Lockhart. She was a judge of the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1992 and was appointed OBE in 1993.
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Book Description VINTAGE, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099422824