“He is Not Me” by Stuart McNaughton
4 February 2013
Stuart McNaughton is a popular part-time Visiting Lecturer with Westminster Business School, this is his fourth year. If you don’t know him by name you may recognise him by his distinctive hairstyle and by the gadget stuck to the back of his head, which, attached to a cochlear implant, enables him to hear. When Stuart was three years old a medical professional declared that he was either “very deaf or incredibly stupid”.
Luckily for us, it turned out to be the former. Stuart has written a fascinating and moving account of his journey in and out of silence, and his life in the two different worlds of silence and sound.
One of the reasons why he wrote this book is to change the lives of others as it changed his. His journey to hearing has been a very long one. The name of the book is He Is Not Me, let’s hear from him why he chose this particular title for his journey and the book: When asked about the name of the book, he tell us: “For more than twenty years, I lived between two worlds. When I look back, I feel as if I have had the opportunity to live in two different bodies, for I have certainly lived two very different lives. As my memory starts to fade in relation to my early years, I relate very little to the old me. In fact, I am glad that He Is Not Me anymore".
Stuart McNaughton was implanted in 2001 and, in his compelling and moving account of life as a profoundly deaf child and an implanted adult, shares his journey to hearing. He Is Not Me explores themes such as childhood bullying, discrimination in the work place and the conflict between the deaf and hearing worlds.
For more information about the author and cochlear implants, please visit the He is Not Me.
You can also download his book from Amazon.
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