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Able [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Shead
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Letting people into your life is like opening your door to someone. There's stuff you're willing to show them, but there's stuff you wish they didn't see, stuff you wish you didn't have to share. My door's open. Come look.
Daniel Bennett is in a wheelchair. He's got cerebral palsy and lives with his dad. There life was comfortable, familiar.

But the space of five minutes can change everything. Life's different now. Daniel has to learn to stand on his own two feet.
ABLE is an emotional story of a young disabled man who thinks his life is his disability. It takes the friendship of a troubled girl, the warm support of a caring nurse and the ever-present love of a rough-cut father to show him he that life is what you make it. Together, they show him that--sometimes--learning to share your life with others can be the best thing you ever do.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kurt Shead is a self-published author from the UK. He currently lives in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, where he is studying English Literature, Medieval History, Law and Drama.

Kurt has always enjoyed reading and writing, and is currently working as a freelance screenwriter. He has cerebral palsy, and paperback books are the bane of his existence. He is incredibly thankful for the invention of the IPad. He is also appreciative of audiobooks, though still mildly perplexed at hearing a woman speaking with a man's voice. ABLE is his first novel.

When he is not reading and writing, Kurt enjoys the theatre, amateur dramatics, daydreaming, music, ambling in the countryside, sleep, chocolate or any pleasurable combination of the above.

Kurt loves his family. He owes them far too much.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Read". 3 Feb 2013
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"Able" is a story that I cannot recommend enough.

It tells of the journey of a young man as he comes to terms with love, loss and struggles with his independence. There are many twists and turns that retain your interest and grab your heart in a way that makes it impossible to not become emotionally attached to the characters.

Another reason why "Able" is such an important story to embrace is because the protagonist shows the reader life from a new perspective - that of a young person with cerebral palsy. The caution and difficulties that Daniel has to face in his every day life are not necessarily considered by those who are in a place to take things such as simple movement for granted and, although not the main theme of the book, it's an issue that underpins each thought and decision made by the character. As such, it challenges the reader's perceptions about the people contained in the world around them, and will hopefully educate more people about the trials that come with a "disability".

All-in-all, I loved the book to the point where it was hard to put down, and I would think about it constantly until I had time to pick it back up. That says it all for me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read which I highly recommend 9 Sep 2013
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I found much to identify with,in this novel as I have the same disability as the author and the protagonist. I have to say, though I did find it slightly unrealistic in parts. The main character's world changes in the space of five minutes. His Dad, once his main, and only assistant, now finds himself in a similar situation to his son, meaning PA's have to be sought in order to escape the hospice he is staying in while his Dad is in hospital. The novel covers many subjects including: love, loss, maturity, issues such as how hard it is to find, and keep, good support, and the lack of understanding from others. I do not wish to give away much of the plot. Do read this, whether you have a disability or not, you will laugh, cry, and end up rooting for all involved! p.s. not recommended if easily offended, as the language is colourful in parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Great 14 Jun 2013
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I sit at work today exhausted as I've been awake into the small hours reading ABLE ! Read it in one sitting just couldn't put it down.

Such a great read, thought provoking, emotional, funny and real. You immediately warm to the main character, Dan, but such is the wonderful writing that you are also drawn by, and want to know more, about everyone.

I confess I'm a 'skimmer' I rarely read a book fully there is always 'fluff' you don't need which pads out pages while you wait for the good stuff (in my opinion!). ABLE is all good stuff not a word was skimmed I enjoyed it right from the off and was suprised, considering the subject matter, that there were as many laugh out loud moments as there were lump in the throat ones.
I hope its not too long a wait for Kurt Shead's next book, although I shall probably accompany it with a can of 'Red Bull' as I already know I wont be able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 14 Jun 2013
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A warm, funny and engaging story with characters that build as the story goes on. This story gives a sense of what living with disability might be like but absolutley without any element of 'does he take sugar' or awkward, cool, unfeeling political correctness. A witty, colourful and sincere piece of writing. I will always look at a door that opens inwards in a very different light now!! You'll have to read the book to find out why.......please do its great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut novel 2 May 2013
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The writer gives a humorous (my 14 year old granddaughter was laughing out loud) account of life as a young disabled man. I'd like to read more from him, perhaps away from the subject of disability, and would like to see the book in print - so I can give lots of copies away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! 8 April 2013
By Lottie
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Such a wonderfully written book and such a beautiful read! It pulled on my heart strings and made me smile many times throughout! If I am truly honest it made me realise how much I take for granted!
'Able' is definitely a MUST READ!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Mar 2013
By Tom
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Met the author of this fine work at a university interview, had a great chat and was impressed by what he had to say. The subject of writing came up and he mentioned his book "able". I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like this, a different point of view altogether. All in all a compelling read, would recommend to others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This book is one I cannot recommend enough - It is incredibly powerful, thought-provoking and heartwarming. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kris_
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good first novel by a young writer
Good story, very well written. Enjoyable, believable, very real characters. A bit a weary, highly recommended. I look forward to reading more by this young writer!
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. A. Gilchrist
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read!
This book details the life Dan, a young chap whose life takes an unexpected turn when his dad - his main carer - is hospitalized. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Duncan Selwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I laughed and cried (especially at the end). Inspirational, motivating, shocking, daring, challenging, witty, introspective, are just a few words that can best describe it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jmcm
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A superbly written, crisp, fresh, immediate tale by a bright young talent who will surely be noticed big-time, in the book and film world. Read more
Published 17 months ago by guthrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, thought-provoking but also fun
This is a book that you can't put down once you've started it. The characters are instantly likeable and the prose is lucid. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Able
This is genuinely one of the best books that I have read, created a real emotional attachment to the characters and made me laugh more than I have in a while as well as at times... Read more
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