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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 26

Hell guffawed

Joseph Meehan starts secondary school

Christopher Nolan

Source: Chapter 2 of Nolan, C. (1987) Under the Eye of the Clock, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Christopher Nolan is Irish, in his twenties and a writer, both of prose and poetry. His physical disabilities make it impossible for him to walk, talk or control his movements. This chapter is an extract from his autobiography Under the Eye of the Clock, in which, as Joseph Meehan, he attends Mount Temple Comprehensive School for an interview and then for his first day as a pupil.

Joseph Meehan leapt awake that morning. Crawling with nerves he cried out, ‘Lord above, I’ve to go for that bloody interview today.’ Then he cringed in fear. Slob that he was, he knew now ...

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