Ryan Knighton

RRP: £8.99

13 September 2007

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843545644

RRP: £12.99

11 January 2007

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843545620

On his eighteenth birthday Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. Blending mordant wit with intense personal reflection, Cockeyed is the story of Ryan’s loss of sight. We follow his journey from absolute denial – which lost Ryan his trousers, his girlfriend and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his driving licence – to acceptance of life without vision and reliance on a cane.

Ryan Knighton’s irreverent memoir makes us discover our surroundings afresh, and reminds us that even the most ordinary things have extraordinary and precious qualities.

‘Unexpectedly and frequently funny… An enlightening and enjoyable read.’ — Vogue

‘Engaging and irreverent. Knighton is brave, witty and shameless. The reader ends with nothing but respect and admiration for [him]… Learning to count one’s blessings need not always be a somber lesson – Knighton makes it a pleasure.’ — Francesca Segal, Financial Times

‘This engaging, often moving memoir explains exactly what happens when a young man is told he will never see his own wrinkles… A thoughtful and likeable book.’ — Sunday Times