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Seeing the World My Way Paperback – 14 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Tony Giles was born in Weston-super-Mare on the west coast of England in 1978. Diagnosed at a young age with Cone Dystrophy, a rare eye condition, and Photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light, he maintained some vision until the age of eighteen when he lost all sight except for his ability to recognise bright sunlight. At the age of six, he developed nerve sensory hearing loss that has progressively worsened over time. Despite this, Tony gained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in American Studies from Northampton University in 2001 and a Masters Degree in Transatlantic Studies from Birmingham University in 2003. He has travelled from a young age and continues to enjoy experiencing new parts of the world, his most recent journeys including trips to the USA, Sri Lanka and Iceland. Seeing The World My Way is Tony Giles' first book. He is currently working on its sequel. When he's not travelling, he lives in Teignmouth, Devon. Tony says, "If you want it, and have a heart for it, anything can be achieved. I desired it so badly that I travelled around the world solo twice. And if I can do it, so can you".
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I'm not a huge fan of biographies, so when I was approached to review this one, I was somewhat reluctant. However, I thought to myself, "Why not try something different, and keep an open mind." So that's what I did, and I am very happy to report that I absolutely loved this story!
Usually, I find biographies extremely boring. However, I found myself completely transfixed by this amazing person and his exploits. I even forgot that Tony Giles has a hearing and sight disability. To travel the world on your own takes guts, and I'm ashamed to say I don't have any. However, Tony Giles seems to have a thirst for adventure, and is willing to take a chance to experience life to the fullest. His descriptions of places and events are extremely vivid, and I could easily see him as he travelled through America, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. I could tell that he loves history, and has a keen interest in warfare. This comes through his various visits to war museums and his descriptions of various war machines during his travels. He also is a bit of an adrenalin junkie. He made me feel exhausted with all the activities he had planned, and participated in! His descriptions of the countries, and places within them, made me want to go visit them.
Tony Giles has written an amazing account of his travels. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. I wish him all the best for any future travels he has planned, and hope he gets to visit some of the places he still wants to go to.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't like biographies, because this is one person who has inspired me to try something different. I'm going to try to be a bit more adventurous in the future, and take a chance to do something I have always wanted to do - take a trip on a cruise ship to see the Northern Lights. - Lynn Worton
The book is full of the rawness of youth - and indeed there are times when you wonder whether Tony really was wise to tackle the challenges he did. He travels on trust - an implicit trust that those he meets on his journey will help him and not exploit him. That he succeeds is evidence that that kind of world view can work even in today's self centred cultures.
I could have wished that he had made more of the ways in which he "sees" his environment - how he uses the senses that do work when sight is gone and hearing is very limited. As a sighted person I found these perspectives most illuminating - and the stories of Tony's early adventures challenging in all sorts of ways.
Every traveller should read this book so that they may see more clearly the places and peoples they visit.
I have my sight and hearing, yet I wouldn't dream of throwing myself at such adrenaline-fuelled adventures with the gusto that Tony has. He bunjee jumps and white water rafts without a second thought. His 'can-do' attitude is brilliant, and reading this book makes you wonder why you're sitting at home not travelling and seeing the world. All the way through, I thought - if he can do it, so can anyone!
Bravo, Tony Giles. Keep up the amazing travels!
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