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What to look for in winter: a memoir in blindness
  1. Phil E M Smith
  1. The Alan Richens Epilepsy Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil E M Smith, The Alan Richens Epilepsy Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; SmithPE{at}cardiff.ac.uk

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It was the choice of book and not the book itself that failed us. Only two of our ten Book Club attendees had completed even its first half, and only one had reached the last page. For sure, each of the nearly 500 pages requires work and some rereading, but many members chose not to invest. Such limited engagement—a first for us—sent a practical message about the importance of book choice for the ongoing health of the Neurology Book Club.

What to look for in winter: a memoir in blindness’ is the remarkable story of Candia McWilliam, whose brimful life, from light to darkness and back again, barely fits into its tightly packed text. She is tall, once beautiful, introverted, intellectually gifted, and from a privileged background immersed in books. Yet despite apparently fairy tale marriages (to the …

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