The narrator of Kate O'Riordan's new book, 'A disturbing thriller of sexual obsession and family secrets', is a middle-aged woman. Oddly, I only realised this half-way through the first chapter, having what some people might call a 'self-reflective reading style', where I constantly assume that the lead character is myself.
What are the options if mindfulness isn't for you? A simple alternative is reading fiction. Part of the growing tech-for-good movement, Biblio.life is an online bibliotherapy service offering personalised literary prescriptions to readers around the world.
Every week I volunteer in my local primary school as a Beanstalk trained reading helper, where I support children who find learning to read an extremely challenging experience. It's an important part of my role to instil confidence in the children that reading is something they can do.
Fleming was born into a world of privilege, something often reflected in his books, and some of his views are outdated. But his writing is also vivid, full of imagination and insights gained from his time in naval intelligence. And even at its most fantastic his writing seems grounded in reality.
It breaks my heart that in the 21st Century an author and publishing company, then followed by an entire movie company, producer, director and cast, feel that the world needs this type of story. Don't create a positive exploration of what is truly possible for disabled people, instead let's just go the for the easy stereotype eh?