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BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:727
  1. J Gray

    Some years ago, one of my receptionists offered to lend me a book. She said she had never read anything so profoundly moving and she was sure that I would enjoy it. The book was William Horwood's Skallagrigg, and she was right. It was probably the best book I have ever read, combining as it did a complex web of ideas, plots, and subplots, interrelationships, and vivid descriptive writing. It was also educational, as it dealt with the subject of disability in a sensitive and enlightening way. Horwood wrote from first hand knowledge of the subject; his daughter had cerebral palsy.

    When I heard that Skallagrigg was to be screened it seemed like a welcome and inevitable development of the …

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