Selina Mills is an award winning writer and journalist. Educated at Brown University, USA, and Cambridge University, UK, she has been a reporter for Reuters in Rome, and for the Daily Telegraph in London. She was formerly a Producer for BBC Radio 4’s Today and World at One programmes. She has written widely for magazines and newspapers, where she has reviewed books and written features for The Observer, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, In 2009, she was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction. Her book, Life Unseen: The Story of Blindness, will be published by Tauris in 2013. It is the first accessible history of the subject written in over fifty years – an erudite investigation of how the physical state of not seeing has shaped our history and civilization. Mills writes with a uniquely personal slant (the author is losing her sight), investigating how the absence of vision has affected our lives, our senses and society from antiquity to the present. Combining her own experience with an examination of the history of blindness in the Western world, she shows that sightlessness has been an ‘active’ force in history, rather than the passive condition which is too readily assumed. She is currently contributing to the forthcoming BBC Radio 4 series, “A History of Disability”, (May 2013).
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