The Many Ways of Seeing
Nick Gleeson with Peter Bishop
In desperation, I look up into mum’s face. A small face – a loving face —
And the lights go out. Her face is the last image I will ever see in my lifetime.
Blind since the age of seven, Nick Gleeson has spent his life learning to ‘see’ without seeing.
Growing up in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, Nick’s young life was defined by touch and smell: learning the shape of each shoe so he knew left from right. Holding the huge, rough hand of his father. Smelling the well-worn vinyl in the family car. Gently feeling the smooth top and soft underbelly of a mushroom he has picked.
When Nick meets Peter Bishop, Creative Director of Varuna, the Writers’ House, many years later, he has led an amazing life of physical adventuring. He’s scaled basecamp at Everest and the top of Kilimanjaro; he’s been a Paralympic athlete, a marathon runner, a skydiver. And, most recently, he’s been on an expedition to the Simpson Desert.
In a unique blend of memoir, conversation and insights into the writing process, together Peter and Nick have collaborated to share Nick’s compelling life journey with its many challenges, loves and losses.
The Many Ways of Seeing is an inspiring true story about determination in the face of hardship, the importance of trust and friendship and the wonderful relationship between a mentor and writer.
If you are seeking a read that will inspire you, will motivate you, that will, at times, bring tears to your eyes and will encourage you to see the world from a different perspective, then this book will meet your criteria – and then some.
Poignant, honest and open, Gleeson takes us on a journey of incredible fortitude, everyday courage. Nick Gleeson is a remarkable role model… page after page of incredible accomplishments yet they are shrugged off as if ordinary.
Such lyrical writing – descriptive, poignant, engaging.
All the characters in this book, including the writers, demonstrate that warmth, love and trust is freeing, is enabling and promotes personal growth and happiness. Isn’t that what we all want? I look forward to reading more of your work Nick Gleeson – and if ever we chance to meet – a hug will come your way 🙂
Sounds like a very involving sort of book, Carol – the type where you really feel you’ve gotten to know the people. And an interesting approach to doing a memoir, too.
A great read Margot-and you get to read a little about the process of editing along the way