Stuart, the Cochlear Impant Coach, lost his hearing as a baby. From a young age, after each day at school, he would find ways to retreat from the world where he was frequently bullied or discriminated against. One of these ways was through the discovery of books. From his early teens, he would read for hours each evening. Before leaving school, he started writing short stories. 'He Is Not Me' is Stuart's first published work.
Hailed as one of mankind's most amazing inventions, the cochlear implant has changed the lives of hundred of thousands of people. A potential hearing solution for individuals who are severely - or profoundly - deaf, the decision to be surgically implanted is one of the most important decisions such individuals will ever make.
Stuart was implanted in 2001 and, in his compelling and moving account of life as a profoundly deaf child and an implanted adult, shares his journey to hearing. He Is Not Me explores themes such as childhood bullying, discrimination in the work place and the conflict between the deaf and hearing worlds.