Darlington authors Paul Hodgson and Mike Jarvie have brought out their new e-book Give Them Wings.
Disabled as a result of childhood meningitis, Paul has written this hard-hitting autobiography together with Mike in order to challenge the stereotype of the wheelchair-bound victim condemned to a life on the sidelines.
Far from being a passive spectator, we learn about his life on the road as a fan of Darlington Football Club, a journey punctuated by a series of mishaps and drink-fuelled escapades, which are themselves invariably laced with laugh-out-loud black humour.
The harrowing and thought-provoking account of how he struggled to care for his mother through several strokes and Alzheimer’s disease – and of the rift this caused within his own family – reveals yet another side to his nature. He also speaks candidly of his three-year love affair with a married woman, his experiences of education and employment, the Community Care system, the loyalty of his friends and his numerous fund-raising efforts.
Give Them Wings – sometimes told using strong language – is a graphic story of one man’s fortitude in the face of severe odds, and it offers a unique insight into what it means to be disabled in modern society.
The book is currently in the throes of being turned into an independent film. You can buy it at