What if you remembered things that never happened?
Or you forgot everything every few seconds?
Or one side of your body stopped working?
In Tell Me the Planets Ben Platts-Mills explores the fractured lives of survivors of brain injury, providing an extraordinary glimpse into their daily struggles to lead normal lives. With empathy and insight, he describes their efforts to understand what has happened to them, avoid homelessness, help others worse off than themselves and make risky, almost impossible medical decisions about their futures.
Essential and inspiring, Tell Me the Planets will take you on a journey to the frontiers of science and the limits of human resilience.
'An absorbing and moving account of what it is like to live with brain injury' Penelope Lively
'Heart-breaking and uplifting . . . a vivid and unforgettable portrait of modern Britain by an extraordinarily-gifted story-teller' Robert Newman, author of Neuropolis
Platts-Mills writes with truth and eloquence about his relationships with brain injury survivors, and gives us insight into what it is that makes us human, and how those relationships can help us heal
Meticulous, thoughtful ... lyrical phrases are striking in their precision
At turns heartbreaking and uplifting, this is not just a brilliant book about the survivors of brain injury, but also a vivid and unforgettable portrait of modern Britain by an extraordinarily-gifted story-teller. Ben Platts-Mills tells the stories of child-refugee Liah, ex-gangster Danny and computer geek Matthew - in hourly peril of having their sense of self annulled - with great vividness and imagination
An absorbing and moving account of what it is like to live with brain injury. Ben Platts-Mills writes vividly
Remarkable. Heartbreaking and uplifting
In Ben Platts-Mills's extraordinary book, the characters of people damaged by violence, stroke or accident of birth outshine the medical details. He tells [their stories] wonderfully