In 2010, Melanie Reid fell from her horse, breaking her neck and fracturing her lower back. She was 52. Paralysed from the chest down, she spent almost a year in hospital, determinedly working towards gaining as much movement in her limbs as possible, and learning to navigate her way through a world that had previously been invisible to her.
As a journalist Melanie had always turned to words and now, on a spinal ward peopled by an extraordinary array of individuals similarly at sea, she decided that writing would be her lifeline. The World I Fell Out Of is an account of that year and the untold ‘back story’ behind Melanie’s Spinal Column in The Times Magazine. It has recently won the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year award.
Melanie will be in conversation with Sarah Maine whose latest novel, Women of the Dunes, was recently Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Month.