Under the Eye of the Clock: A Memoir

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Arcade Publishing, 2000 - 163 pages
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Oxygen-deprived for two hours at birth, Christopher Nolan lived to write, at age twenty-one, the autobiography of his childhood, told as the story of Joseph Meehan. He wrote the book, using a "unicorn stick" attached to his head, letter by painful letter. The result is astonishingly lyrical, filled with powerful description, touching moments of triumph and humiliation, and, above all, disarming wit. It is, in the words of London's Daily Express, "a book of sheer wonder".

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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

Christopher Nolan, as Joseph Meehan, opens the amazing and poetic universe of his young life. All the Love from his Mother, Nora, his Father, Matthew, and his older sister, Yvonne! It all alternates with his deepest fears, hopes, and desires. Read full review


A Modicum of Aloe
Hell Guffawed
White Sheets of Life
The Stirring of the Muse
The EightLegged Pony
Knife Used
The Night That Was In It
An Eyeful of Derravaragh
Slavery was Abolished
The Cool Green Garden
head the ball
Is The Sound of Footsteps
A Dream Being Shattered
Kernelled Loneliness
Academics Thesaurus of Thoughts
His Human Wasteland

If He Could But Earth Himself
My Boyhood Epiphany

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About the author (2000)

Author Christopher Nolan was born in Ireland on September 6, 1965. Due to being deprived of oxygen at birth, he suffered from cerebral palsy and could only move his head and eyes. He used a pointer attached to his head to write his books. At the age of 15, he published his first book Dam-Burst of Dreams (1981). His other novels are The Banyan Tree (1999) and Under the Eye of the Clock, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1988. He also won the Medal of Excellence from the United Nation's Society of Writers, The Sunday Independent-Irish Life Arts Award for Literature and Ireland's Person of the Year Award in 1988. He died due to oxygen deprivation caused by ingestion of food into his airways on February 20, 2009 at the age of 43.

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