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Notes on Blindness

A journey through the dark

Book cover of 'Notes on Blindness' by John M Hull

A gift to the whole of humanity.

Cathy Rentzenbrink

A rediscovered modern classic: a life-affirming account of one man’s journey into blindness, recently made into an acclaimed film and featured in the exhibition ‘In Plain Sight’.

Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, unable to distinguish any sense of light or shadow. Isolated and claustrophobic, he sank into a deep depression. Soon, he had forgotten what his wife and daughter looked like. 

In ’Notes on Blindness’, John reveals his profound sense of loss, his altered perceptions of time and space, of waking and sleeping, love and companionship as he finds a new way of experiencing the world. 

Based on John’s diaries recorded on audio tape, this is a profoundly moving, wise and life-affirming account of one man’s journey into blindness.

Poignant and wise.

Andrew Solomon

Date published
240 pages

About the author

John M Hull

John Hull was Professor of Religious Education at the University of Birmingham. He was the author of a number of books and many articles in the fields of theology and disability. He died in July 2015.