My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From BBC Radio 4 – Book of the Week:
1/5: In the first episode of his vivid and honest memoir Oliver Sacks recounts his passion for motorbikes and his bond with his schizophrenic brother.
2/5: In his candid memoir, the physician and best-selling author, Oliver Sacks recalls the start of his work as a clinician. First of all he turns to his days as a power lifter and reflects on a personal struggle.
3/5: In his vivid and honest memoir, the neurologist and writer, Oliver Sacks reflects on love and loss. First of all he recalls the extraordinary lives of the patients who inspired his bestselling book, Awakenings.
4/5: In his vivid memoir, the neurologist and writer, Oliver Sacks explores how breaking his own leg led to new insights into how the brain works. He also recalls the difficulties that followed when he decided to write a book about this disquieting experience.
5/5: First of all he confronts his own ill health and the effects on his eyesight which are disabling but also “enthralling”.
In On the Move, Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author, who is probably best known for his book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, recounts his fascinating life story. Here he delves into his early fascination with speed, his experiences as a young neurologist and his work with his patients. He tells how his work with a group of the chronically ill, who lay forgotten in the back wards of a New York hospital shaped his work as a clinician, and led him to write about them movingly in one of his earliest books, Awakenings. He also tells us about his personal highs and lows, his guilt at leaving England for America, his ill health and finally finding love.
Read by Oliver Ford Davies
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
4* On the Move
TR The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales