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A Bird in a Cage and a Tin of Paint
A Bird in a Cage and a Tin of Paint

A Bird in a Cage and a Tin of Paint is the striking autobiography of a man who struggled as a non-diagnosed dyslexic learner while his mother suffered from a mental illness. This unfortunate combination led to a harrowing childhood dominated by cruelty and suffering.

Chris' account of his young life is a really sad reminder of how badly many disabled children have been treated, simply because they were different. At SCOPE, we try to improve public understanding of disability.

It is heartening that Chris has found a more positive place in his life now and we are proud to have been a part of that. There's still a long way to go before disabled people get the same opportunities as everyone else, but this book is a real reminder of how far we have come.
Richard Hawkes CEO SCOPE

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5 out of 5
I could not put down this heart pulling tale of a lonely boy starved of the unconditional love that every child is entitled to. Throughout the book you feel the pain and frustrations experienced by the author who writes plainly about his life and maintains your interest with a pure raw humanity. He endures cruelties and indignities that would shock every loving parent and caring teacher. Not a book to read for pleasure but a worthwhile read to remind us that society needs to be alert for hidden disabilities and abuse in innocent children.



A must read
As someone who was not identified as being dyslexic until the age of 22, I found this a very enjoyable and thought-provoking book. While my experience was from a different era, I found some of the alienation suffered by Chris throughout his time in the education system humbling. The book is very well written and does an excellent job of translating the torment suffered by Chris throughout his early life onto paper (Kindle).

While Chris was unfortunate enough to have grown up in an era that did not recognise dyslexia as a real condition, anyone who has grown up with the condition, whether it was recognised or not, would get a great deal from reading this.

Chris also has the additional unpleasantness of growing up with an abusive mother, but finds comfort in embracing his imagination to escape the pain of his real life.

Much the same as Chris the author, I have never read a book for pleasure, but anyone wanting to benefit from Chris's experiences should know that the Kindle Text-To-Speech function on the Kindle is fantastic. So no excuses :-)

The most powerful insight to dyslexia
This has to be one of the easiest books to read but at the same time the hardest! The way the book is written and set out is a dyslexia readers dream! It so easy to read; I could read the book and at the same time not have to think about what the words or sentences mean. I could read and form a picture of what Chris is saying at the same time!

Reading about the up bringing of Chris and what went on to him was hard to take in, a small innocent young boy being abused by his mother and finding his imagination to hide from the pain and suffering.

The most powerful insight to dyslexia - Zak Sly
 
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