As I wake up this morning I seem to be accompanied by a green eyed monster waking with me. I spent yesterday lunch with York based writer, Gillian Firth.
Gillian wouldn't describe herself as having a enviable life, I'm sure. You see in 1994 Gillian got 'squashed' (as she puts it). Having been involved in a car accident, Gillian spent 6 weeks in a coma and when she woke up Gillian Mk2 was born. Gillian suffered a traumatic brain injury and despite having to relearn everything from walking to going to the bathroom, she is now the author of two self-published books about her life and has been approached about having her first book Gillian Mk2 adapted into a film. Wow or what!?
I have just finished reading Gillian's first book, Gillian Mk2, which covers the first four years after her coma. Leaving behind the fact that this is an amazing accomplishment for someone with a brain injury, the book is told in an amazingly strong voice with a probing honesty and sharp humor. I seriously cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are yet to discover Gillian, please go grab a copy and give it a read. (Picture to the left will take you to the amazon site).
Gillian's second book is called Typically Gillian and continues the journey. I will be putting a coffee on and picking up my copy as soon as I have finished this blog!
I really hope that this potential adaptation comes to fruition, because this is a serious film in the making. I hope you'll join me in wishing Gillian the best of luck and in picking up a copy of her book.
Ben Warden - Editor of the #SFFiction project and author of 'Life Without', which made the top ten literary fiction e-books on amazon.