The book is only sold new in New Zealand and Australia, making it a challenge to buy it from the US. I did find one used copy for silly amounts of money on Amazon, but figured it would be worth finding an overseas seller. A short search found an Australian bookseller who didn’t object to shipping me the book, and I didn’t object to paying more for the shipping than the book. A few weeks later, it arrived – all 40 – 8.5×11 pages of it. It is well illustrated with lots of pictures I’ve never seen before, including a copy of a report card.
That’s where you get to see what this book is really all about. Sure, John’s bike and architectural work is a worthy source of inspiration for people of all ages. But John also had a serious learning challenge. He was dyslexic and found reading and writing very difficult. A lot of teachers weren’t impressed with him at all, but noticed that he was a very talented with art and mechanical devices.
For even the most serious Britten enthusiasts, it might be hard to justify spending about $1.00/page for a children’s book. But I have a son who has a serious learning disability and finds reading very painful, yet has a 137 “mechanical” IQ. His education has been extremely challenging for all of us. But this book provides a much needed source of optimism. The subject matter sure doesn’t hurt, either!
Thanks, Bob, and welcome, as a new contributor here on The Kneeslider.
This book shows another great example of someone focusing on the skills and abilities he had, even if he didn’t shine in every other area, and the results were remarkable by any measure. I’d never seen this book before. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Yes, it is available on Amazon, but priced accordingly due to the import costs.