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The Unmapped Mind

Christian Donlan

'My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed - a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too embarrassed to tell anybody about it.' Shortly after his daughter Leontine was born, Christian Donlan's world shifted an inch to the left. He started to miss light switches and door handles when reaching for them. He would injure himself in a hundred stupid ways every day. First playful and then maddening, these strange experiences were the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological illness. Multiple sclerosis is a fiercely destructive disease, yet it is also, as Donlan starts to discover, a perversely creative force. As his young daughter starts to investigate her environment, he too finds himself exploring a strange new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory of the brain.

Christian Donlan is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New Statesman, Edge magazine and Vice, amongst other places. He is a features editor at Eurogamer.net. He lives in Brighton with his family.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
05/04/2018
Category
  • Biography and Memoir
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Science and Technology
Format TPS
198 x 129mm
Extent
304
US
Little, Brown & Co Inc
Translation
Penguin
Rights sold
Dutch
Korean
Spanish
CHINESE COMPLEX
Film
.Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd
Serial
Penguin
Audio (Unabridged)
Penguin
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