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Hi, I wonder if anyone could suggest books, which have a main character with a disability , who are not portrayed as weak and defenseless, or are not portrayed as the 'baddie' in the book please? I've seen these tropes enough in books and I'm fed up of it.

 

I have a a physical disability myself, so I would like to read something with this representation. It'll also help me with my TBR list for the Disability Read-a-thon in October.

 

Thanks in advance!

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I  can think of a few but they're mainly crime, however the main characters do have a disability:

 

C J Sansom's Shardlake series -  the main character is a lawyer who has a hunchback (not a very PC term I'm afraid)

 

Robert Galbraith's series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, who lost a leg in one of the recent Middle East conflicts (haven't read these for a while but I think it was in Afghanistan) - he's a troubled character but essentially decent

 

and then there's Game of Thrones, where one of the main characters is a person of restricted height (again sorry if  that's not the correct term) but he is one of the best characters and although he is much maligned (and at one point does do something pretty awful, although he has his reasons) he is highly intelligent, witty and extremely resourceful.

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18 minutes ago, Madeleine said:

I  can think of a few but they're mainly crime, however the main characters do have a disability:

 

C J Sansom's Shardlake series -  the main character is a lawyer who has a hunchback (not a very PC term I'm afraid)

 

Robert Galbraith's series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, who lost a leg in one of the recent Middle East conflicts (haven't read these for a while but I think it was in Afghanistan) - he's a troubled character but essentially decent

 

and then there's Game of Thrones, where one of the main characters is a person of restricted height (again sorry if  that's not the correct term) but he is one of the best characters and although he is much maligned (and at one point does do something pretty awful, although he has his reasons) he is highly intelligent, witty and extremely resourceful.

Thanks for your suggestions! I did try and read the first book in the 'Game of Thrones' series and wasn't very keen on the writing style. Maybe it gets better as you read on? 

I'll definitely try and look up the other 2 books thougg!

 

 

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Have you read  the autobiography My Left Foot by Christy Brown, Karen?  He  was born with cerebral palsy and went on to be an author, painter and poet.

I agree, it's annoying to have physically disabled characters always portrayed as weak or the villians!

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4 hours ago, poppy said:

Have you read  the autobiography My Left Foot by Christy Brown, Karen?  He  was born with cerebral palsy and went on to be an author, painter and poet.

I agree, it's annoying to have physically disabled characters always portrayed as weak or the villians!

No, I haven't read 'My Left Foot', thanks for your suggestion ☺️. I'll add it to my list.

 

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18 hours ago, karen.d said:

Thanks for your suggestions! I did try and read the first book in the 'Game of Thrones' series and wasn't very keen on the writing style. Maybe it gets better as you read on? 

I'll definitely try and look up the other 2 books thougg!

 

 

I actually found the 2nd book harder to get into than the first one, the writing style was quite different.  Still if you think it's not your thing that's fair enough. 

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