Gilbert Vaux: When Lightning Strikes: Life after a Stroke

Gilbert Vaux was a Somerset farmer who experienced a stroke in 1986 when he was 58. When Lightning Strikes is his account of the stroke and his recovery. Its value lies not in polished prose or anything that makes it stand out, but in its very ordinariness – stroke is something that happens, that normal people experience and recover from, partly due to their own determination and partly with the assistance of their family and friends.

Vaux experienced aphasia after his stroke, and decided to tell his story as part of his therapy. When Lightning Strikes is the result. Through … Read more...