Melanie Reid – Journalist
By accident I came across Melanie Reid in a friend’s copy of the Times on a Saturday and now I buy it. Caitlin Moran, Giles Coren and some excellent puzzles make it good value at £1.70. Melanie Reid writes about her life as a quadriplegic after a devastating fall from a horse. She lives in a wheelchair, drives a specially converted car and writes a weekly column in the colour magazine.
What makes Melanie worth reading? She has not given up – she still struggles to walk a few steps. She reflects on her feelings without self-pity. There is humour in her description of things going wrong and a determined cheerfulness in the face of her body’s inability to cope. She is still warm towards family and friends, an absence of bitterness. She still waits for – but hardly ever mentions it – the medics to find a cure so she can be self-propelled agai
Under-stated courage against heavy odds, hers is an uplifting story which helps the reader to count our blessings, which shrinks our big problems to their real, almost insignificant, size and provides moral support for others in her situation.