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Disabled Man’s Search For Reader Goes Viral On Twitter

October 13, 2014

Dear readers, this is a serious question. Where can I contact this man? I love books and would love this job!

The advert tweeted

A blind man who put a note in a bookshop window seeking someone to read to him says he has been inundated with offers after the advert was tweeted.

Andrew Bailey, 34, from Nunhead, south-east London, has Friedreich’s ataxia – a degenerative disease which stopped him being able to read 15 years ago.

A picture of the ad was posted on Twitter on Saturday and has been retweeted more than 1,000 times.

Mr Bailey said the response made him “feel very good really”.

Andrew Bailey is looking forward to hearing Charles Dickens read to him, he says

His carer Bradley Baxter-Hassell wrote two adverts for Mr Bailey, placing one at Goldsmiths University and one at Foyles bookshop on the South Bank, about three weeks ago.

The message read: “There has been a huge empty space left in my life. I got much pleasure from reading.”

Mr Bailey, who read American Studies at Northampton University, has about 100 books he would like to read and says audio books can tend to sound “too robotic”.

His favourite author is John Grisham and among the books he wants to be read are My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. He also wants to hear books by Charles Dickens.

He first showed signs of his inherited condition when he was four and began using a wheelchair at the age of 11. Five years ago he was registered blind. He needs 24-hour care and has difficulty hearing and speaking.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2014 12:04 am

    Library reading books are as much fun though when your unable to converse .

  2. Ian permalink
    October 13, 2014 12:12 am

    Why doesn’t he buy Audiobooks, or request someone buy them for him? If someone wants payment, then it will probably cost more and not be as convenient.

  3. October 13, 2014 7:19 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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