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A Smell of Burning


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Part memoir of Grant's late brother, part history of epilepsy- 'An extraordinary work of love and art, which left me choked with tears' Observer

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Colin Grant is the author of three highly praised books- Negro with a Hat- The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey (2008), I and I- The Natural Mystics Marley, Tosh and Wailer (2011), Bageye at the Wheel (2012). He works as a radio producer for the BBC.


[A] brilliant, tender book... An extraordinary work of love and art, which left me choked with tears. -- Maggie Gee * Observer *
A moving memoir as well as a historical study of epilepsy... With verve and sensitivity, Grant tells the stories of individual sufferers. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times, Book of the Year *
Grant's exploration of the literary, political, medical and scientific history of epilepsy is hugely compelling; his telling of the story of two brothers transcends the book's twin genres and leaves us with a wry, gentle masterpiece. -- Seamus Sweeney * Times Literary Supplement *
A fascinating personal and historical account. ***** -- Helen Brown * Sunday Telegraph *
A flawless amalgam of personal memoir, mind science and medical history. -- Ian Thomson * Spectator *

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