Members of our book group saw author Brian Conaghan whose book 'When Mr Dog Bites' was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The book’s 16-year-old hero Dylan Mint, has Tourette’s Syndrome and the book portrays his battle with the condition while struggling with even more difficult challenges.
Mr Conaghan’s own Tourette’s was the inspiration for the book along with characters and situation based on his experience as a secondary school teacher. Since landing a deal with Bloomsbury Publishing he works full time as an author with his third book due for release later this year. He visited Corby Business Academy to speak to students and 11 members of our book group went along too.
Cameron Pickering from Year 9 said: ‘It was really interesting to hear about his Tourette’s and he described what the book was about and the use of mild language in there so he can show what the character is all about. The person in the book has a more severe case of Tourette’s than the author has, so he swears and curses and uses different terms. It is really interesting how he uses language in the book. I learned how Tourette’s can affect people’s lives. He was diagnosed when he was around 18.’
Jasminder Ahluwalia, also from Year 9, said: ‘It was a good experience. We learned how the author experienced Tourette’s and it took him 10 months to write the book.’