Creative, Successful, Dyslexic – Review

Book Review of

“Creative, Successful, Dyslexic”

23 High Achievers Share Their Stories

by Margaret Rooke, Foreword by Mollie King
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
It begins with a quote by Albert Einstein
“everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”.

The book is a collection of people sharing their stories including:

  • David Bailey CBE,
  • Ed Baines,
  • Charley Boorman,
  • Sir Richard Branson,
  • Marcus Brigstocke,
  • Darcey Bussell CBE,
  • Brian Conley,
  • Sophie Conran,
  • Kelly Hoppen MBE,
  • Eddie Izzard,
  • Linda La Plante CBE,
  • Kenny Logan,
  • Meg Mathews,
  • Nigel Mcrery,
  • Steven Naismith,
  • Paul Nixon,
  • Theo Paphitis,
  • Chris Robshaw,
  • Richard Rogers,
  • Sir Jacky Stewart OBE,
  • Zoe Wanamaker OBE,
  • Zelda West-Meads,
  • Benjamin Zephaniah.

The foreword is written by Molly King, Singer/Songwriter who is also an ambassador for Dyslexia Action. In the foreword she mentions she hopes that people will feel inspired, that Dyslexia doesn’t have to mean not doing as well as people whose minds work differently.

The book is written in a font which, in my opinion, is Dyslexia friendly and it is often difficult to find books for people with Dyslexia to read as part of their post-diagnostic support.

There are some very interesting stories, for example, David Bailey describes himself as being in the silly class at school where he was caned for not being able to spell and he described Hollywood films as his education as it was cheaper to go the cinema than feed the gas meter.

After people’s individual stories at the back of the book there is a description about Dyslexia, what some people with Dyslexia experience and where to go for help, for example, UK Dyslexia Action, the British Dyslexia Association and so on.

We will be bringing the book along to our monthly post-diagnostic support group along with some other books we have recently purchased. If people would like to borrow them that will be possible.

Dr. Linda Buchan
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
& Director of Axia ASD Ltd.
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