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DisAbility Related Books


My Left Foot- Christy Brown

Blue Sky July– Nia Wyn

David And His Wheels Go To The Park– Heather McCarter

My Brother John– Joanne Zellweger

The Language Of Others- Claire Morrall

A Friend Like Henry- Nuala Gardner

Under The Eye Of The Clock- Christopher Nolan

Star Gazing- Linda Gilliard

It Was A Shark: Living With One Arm- Shaun Smith

See Ya, Simon!- David Hill

No Added Sugar Fibi Ward

Deeper Than Blue Jill Hucklesby

The Forbidden RoomSarah Wray

Lincoln Rhyme Series

Desperate Measures- Laura Summers

The Horse BoyRupert Isaacson

Caitlin’s Wish- Victoria Taylor

Read My Lips- Jana Novotny Hunter

The CureGeeta Anand

Stand Up For AutismGeorgina J. Derbyshire

Grace Williams Says It Loud- Emma Henderson

Handle With CareJodi Picoult

GridlockBen Elton

A Different LifeLois Keith

SkallagriggWilliam Horwood

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- Jean-Dominique Bauby

Just BecauseRebecca Elliott

Round The World In A Wheelchair- Doreen Webster

John Gets Ready For School- Joanne Zellweger

Twitch and Shout Lowell Handler
Icy Sparks – Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Front of the Class – Brad Cohen
Busy Body – Nick van Bloss
Life Interrupted – James McConnel
Torn Apart (Also published as: Against Medical Advice) – James Patterson & Hal Friedman

Passing For NormalAmy Willensky

Emergence (labelled autistic) A True Story – Temple Grandin

Live Eels And Grand Pianos- Andrew Bradford

One Last Goodbye- Kay Gilderdale

One Little Finger- Malini Chib

Kerb Crawling- Glenn Bryant

Welcome to Biscuit Land Jessica Thom

The Edge of the CityFiona Firth

The Blind Traveler Mysteries- Robert Bennett

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon

She Is Not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

Mermaid- Eileen Cronin

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

One- Sarah Crossnan

What The **** Is Normal? Francesca Martinez

Old Before My Time Hayley Okines

Young At Heart Hayley Okines

The Girl From Aleppo Nujeen Mustafa

I Have No Secrets Penny Joelson

I Can. I Will. Mark Esho

Otherland Tad Williams

Haunted Chuck Palahniuk

In My Dreams I Dance Anne Wafula Strike

This list will grow as I think of more books with DisAbled characters in them. Your suggestions are always welcome, in the comments or e-mailed to

If you have read any of these books and would like to review them for this site, email

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2010 12:32 pm

    Have you come across Read My Lips by Jana Novotny Hunter?

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    April 3, 2010 3:56 pm

    Hi notjustpretending,

    I hadn’t come across it until today, but it has now been added to the list. Thanks for the suggestion! Do keep them coming.

    Best wishes


  3. Ann Dowker permalink
    October 7, 2010 6:37 pm

    Have you come across Jane Stemp’s young adult books, ‘Waterbound’ and ‘Secret Songs’? And Michael Foreman’s picture book, ‘Seal Surfer’; and Rochelle Bunnett’s ‘Friends at School’ series?

  4. samedifference1 permalink*
    October 8, 2010 10:18 am

    Hello Ann

    I hadn’t heard of those, but thanks for the suggestions!

    Best wishes


  5. Holly permalink
    December 1, 2011 10:52 pm

    Take a good look by Jacqueline Wilson is about a girl with a visual impairment. Personally I couldn’t stand it as I don’t think it was a realistic portrayal of blindness. I can give it a quick read if you’d like me to review it 🙂

  6. samedifference1 permalink*
    December 2, 2011 12:02 am

    Hello Holly,

    If you are interested in reviewing the book, I would be very happy to publish this review as a guest post.

    Best wishes


  7. Ann Dowker permalink
    February 14, 2014 7:53 pm

    Another book of interest is ‘Whisper’ by Chrissie Keighery.

  8. June 24, 2019 10:12 am

    These books must have a lesson of courage and attitude to fight against the devil of disability lying inside our head.


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