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See it My Way: Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Peter White
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Nov 1999
Peter White was the second blind son born to sighted parents just after the war. His education took place before the days of integrated schooling for all (for which he is extremely grateful) and he describes with great honesty and humour the peculiar regimes of the special boarding schools he attended. Accepted into university he found the world outside more difficult to adapt to, but by a combination of despair and determination he forced his way into radio broadcasting and is now a senior correspondent with the BBC. He portrays his experiences without a trace of sentimentality but with humour and passion. This is not a book for the politically correct, but will leave its readers with a sense of purpose and achievement.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754004015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754004011
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,287,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter White is a remarkable man who, as the second blind child of sighted parents, faced the horrors of special schools--the only real option in the 1950s for children like him--with stubborn independent streak which developed further as he grew into a strong and determined adult who refuses to let his disability interfere with his ambition.

Peter White is now one of the BBC's leading correspondents, specialising in disability affairs, and is his voice is familiar in millions of households across the country. But his rise to the hallowed corridors of the BBC was never straightforward, and here in his autobiography See It My Way, he tells his story with enviable panache that one minute has the reader choking with laughter and the next squirming at the injustice of it all.

From his early days with his family in the sheltered, love-filled home which instilled a confidence and security that has stayed with him throughout his life, through to the depression that dogged him at university and forced him to drop out, and his stoic recognition that he had to somehow make a living in the world of the sighted, Peter White's determination, stubbornness and wry sense of humour shines through almost as brightly as his love for his family.

As simple and no-nonsense as the man himself, See It My Way is a painfully honest autobiography written with passion and humour and sprinkled with cringe-making sarcasms and scathing observations on disability that will cut "normal" people to the quick.--Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Entertaining, warm, humorous autobiography from a man with strong views who turns many misfortunes against himself in the telling. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Peter White is a remarkable man who, as the second blind child of sighted parents, faced the horrors of special schools--the only real option in the 1950s for children like him--with stubborn independent streak which developed further as he grew into a s (From his early days with his family in the sheltered, love-filled home which instilled a confidence and security that has stayed with him throughout his life, through to the depression that dogged him at university and forced him to drop out, and his stoi)

As simple and no-nonsense as the man himself, See It My Way is a painfully honest autobiography written with passion and humour and sprinkled with cringe-making sarcasms and scathing observations on disability that will cut "normal" people to the quick. (Susan Harrison, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter White, funny and honest 25 Jun 2000
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Format:Paperback
I have listened to Peter White often on the radio and always found him the consumate professional. To read his story has made me realise what a nice man he seems to be. The description of his schooling sounds positively dickension,but through it all his sense of humour shines through. I wish he had recorded it in audiobook format as my mother who is visually handicapped (she says blind) would love to hear it. The story about the "LOst Guide Dog" is a classic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener ! 29 Jun 2001
Format:Hardcover
I bought Peter's book the moment I had heard an extract from it on the radio. I read very few books but I have read this one, which says a great deal. He has had (and I very much hope is still having )a really good life despite or indeed because of his situation. I was going to say handicap but he probably does not see it that way, remember we have to see it HIS way. How the hell he enjoyed playing cricket and all the other things he got up to beats me. I also went to private schools which were actually surprisingly similar to his and the antics that he got up makes me feel a kind of kindship with him. I have never met Peter but have heard him many times on the Radio and admire his forward no nonsense critisms particuarly of those in "Authority" who claim to be "Expert" in their fields. I admire the retelling of such funny and sometimes sad recollections that only he really has the balls to write about. Keep it up Peter, I am waiting for the next book.
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Format:Hardcover
See It My Way by Peter White
Peter White's parents were told the odds of a second child being born blind were a chance in a million. "I've always been indebted to the arrogance of the medical profession," says White, the million to one BBC disability correspondent whose autobiography, See It My Way was published last week by Little Brown. This starkly observed, honest and in places hilarious memoir pulls the reader into White's world where his parents saw him and his brother "as children who happened to be blind rather than blind people who happened to be children". In contrast the state insisted that they go to what can only be described as a Dickensian workhouse of a school, "Where the abiding memory is a seemingly endless cycle of Dettol and vomit, vomit and Dettol . . .", White recalls. Stories of the pranks by blind children on some of the teachers break the ice of the grimness of his school days: "And if he strayed from the edges of the room an even crueller fate awaited him. As he moved uncertainly between the desks we would wait for him to pause, hovering above some hapless dunce, and then the desks around him would be gradually and silently edged in his direction. Only when he had finished some totally obscure point and attempted to move away would he discover that he had been corralled, unable to budge in any direction." After two failed attempts at a university education he eventually realised he didn't need, dragged White into a funk that was finally lifted after door-stepping the newly opened Radio Solent for a reporter's job. Recollections of interviews with the stars who arrived at Southampton docks, together with his tentative live pub quiz radio shows bring the humour back to this tale.
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