Going to edits on the 5th of May, this book, both in paperback and in e-book versions, should be available late September, early October 2020.
Wheelchair is a study of compulsion, disability, and the many faces of sexual dependence and obsession; it’s about how some men cannot just love because their hearts lead them to it, but can only love through self-imposed rituals which involve struggle and self-abasement.
You can never judge an academic book by its cover. Simon Dyson, a quiet assistant professor, is a man of hidden depths. To the world he presents as a harmless, innocuous, shy and retiring intellectual. However, the man who lurks behind that public persona is far more interesting …and dangerous …and driven.
Two years in the writing, this book deals with the day-to-day trials and tribulations of people who suffer from both obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD, and how those behaviours challenge the smallest of tasks and the greatest of hurdles, each presenting a different and overwhelming hurdle for anyone suffering from an attack of either, and sometimes, more seriously, both.
Warning: Many of the episodes of childhood abuse are autobiographical, and later sections of the book involve violence and degradation, suffered by a close relative and unwillingly witnessed by me. That’s why it’s taken so long to write.