Rather than a slush-pile, HarperCollins has Authonomy, where aspiring writers review and vote on each others’ books. At number one, because it is brilliant, is Trapped.
I am Fran – a woman with cerebral palsy, a “spastic”. Every day I crash painfully to the ground, smile and get up again.
One of my favourite trips landed me at the feet of a professor I was in love with. He was a handsome, well-spoken gentleman who politely asked, “Can I help you up?” I didn’t mind his hands on me at all.
If I’m lying spread-eagled in a slippery gutter with my head perilously close to swerving taxis, it’s not so easy to smile and reassure those who ask, “Are you alright?” I have always walked a tightrope between my hopes, my dreams for an ordinary life and bruising reality which often takes me down to earth with a bump. Behind the façade of my ordinary life I hide a struggle with endless compromises which left me unhappy for many years.
These days I am no longer bitter and twisted, just unsteady on my feet. Somewhere along the way, I discovered the transforming power of forgiveness and love. My unique true story shows us how joy and fulfilment can flower in places where we least expect to find them.
“One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. My suggestion would be for HC to snatch this work and make it the very next book they decide to publish” EM Delaney