Talking Tourette’s

Following a week in which various UK politicians have again shown the ability to speak or tweet before engaging their brains, or have shown their true colours – we each have our own opinions – Sky news reported this regarding the Prime Minister’s apology:

‘A Downing Street spokesman said the remark was made “off the cuff”.  She added: “The Prime Minister would not have meant to offend anyone. He apologises if any offence has been caused.”’

If.  What an ill-chosen word there.  Surely he was apologising because he had caused offence and came to realise it?

Tourette’s syndrome is little understood by the many and, sadly, the butt of easy jokes from those whose imagination is on a par with their empathy level.

Tourette’s syndrome has appeared in crime fiction, in Minette Walters’s The Shape of Snakes, published back in 2000.  It was…

‘…inspired by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, which was set up to investigate the death of a black boy by a group of white boys, Minette exposes the horrifying consequences when communities ignore the people who need them the most.’

I remember being impressed with this novel when reading it at the time, making me more aware of the condition and the horrors of people’s perception and ignorance.

Find out more about the book at the author’s site here and you can find it on Amazon here.  It’s already available in Kindle format and I understand that Pan Macmillan is reissuing the author’s backlist in print later this year in preparation for her new novel, A Dreadful Murder, due in 2013.

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