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The Amazing Edie Eckhart is Amazing For Cerebral Palsy – Book Review

Editors’ Note: This wonderful review of The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones came from 13-year-old Susie, who has cerebral palsy (with help from her Mum). It may contain spoilers for some parts of the story. She was sent a free copy of the book for the purposes of this review. She has been paid the same as all of our contributors, and has promised to spend her entire fee on sweets.


I really like this book because it is relatable – having cerebral palsy as well. It is relatable because there are a few cerebral palsy-related occurrences that happen that I have experienced. One thing that I remember is when Edie calls it ‘Terrible Palsy’ which I have called it before. I feel like Edie is very moving because she doesn’t hold back because of her cerebral palsy.    

The character of Edie is very inspirational because she joined a theatre club, got a lead role, and then did something as ambitious as to change the lead character’s gender. Mr. Murphy is a character that I think is good for Edie because he motivates her a lot when the performance of a Christmas Carol is nearing. 

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Pain Chronicles: Rosie Jones and Straddling the Intersection

Pain Chronicles is a new monthly(-ish) column from Caroline McDonagh-Delves about coming to terms with living with a chronic illness. It will include funny stories and brutal honesty, with some thrown in chats with her mum Shaz, and other friends too, along the way.

Rosie Jones and I have a few things in common. We’re both Northern. We’re both pricks. We both have gigantic tits. And we’re both disabled lesbians.

And when I saw her walk on to the set of The Russell Howard Show and said she couldn’t process those ideas, she could only fit one “different” thing in her life, and therefore she believed she wasn’t gay, I understood where she was coming from. Sort of.