Title: Kika & Me
Authors: Patel, Amit
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 287
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within 36 hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along ...

But Kika's stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy - could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations - can he trust a dog with his safety?

Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back. [Taken from book cover, Pan MacMillan Books]

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Contemporary, Inspirational, Medical/Health, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles, Group favourites


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By: WHANGA 004 2022-06-22 13:32:23
Delightful story of courage, hope, a wonderful dog and plenty of 'food for thought'.

By: ASHB 005 2022-06-22 12:50:20
All our members thoroughly enjoyed the book.

By: CHCH 176 2022-06-15 13:47:03
After initially thinking this looked a bit "lightweight", how wrong we were! What a splendid book. We admired the honesty of Amit and Seema, the lows and the highs, and what huge challenges being blind brings to a family. We thought we'd like to meet them!

By: ASHB 009 2022-05-11 14:26:33
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the book. Would recommend. Great insights into the effects of blindness in everyday life, and a tribute to Amit Patel and his wife Seema, and their courage as they rebuilt their lives.

By: RAUM 001 2022-04-29 12:10:41
Easy to read, and an eye-opener for those who haven't otherwise learned about the emotional, physical and logistical aspects of blindness. A great promotion for services catering to the blind community.

By: TAUP 011 2022-04-27 16:09:33
Everyone loved the book and learnt so much about coping with blindness. We were shocked at how people can be so unhelpful and unkind.

By: AKAR 002 2022-04-22 14:38:11
The group enjoyed the book and all learnt plenty.

By: WAIHEK 001 2022-04-22 12:32:10
Most people admitted to not looking forward to reading this book - Amit Patel's story about how he became blind, learnt to be blind and then getting on with his life. However, everyone really enjoyed the book and learnt a lot about the life of a blind person. It was really well described. In future we will tell a blind person when we leave a conversation, and will respect when a guide dog is working...We also thought that Seema (Patel's wife) was amazing with her support.

By: WHANG 004 2022-03-28 16:34:27
Mixed opinions, but generally it was very informative, but not challenging.

By: WANG 001 2022-03-07 10:40:50
Hard to believe how cruel and selfish some people are to disabled people. All read and enjoyed it.

By: CHCH 465 2021-11-03 14:26:57
We all read it! We enjoyed the story and the learnings from Amit's story.

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