Andrew Relph: Not Drowning, Reading

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March 2012, no. 339

Andrew Relph: Not Drowning, Reading

Reviewed by
March 2012, no. 339

Autobiography through books

Gillian Dooley

 

Not Drowning, Reading
by Andrew Relph
Fremantle Press, $24.95 pb, 184 pp, 9781921696800

 

‘Perhaps,’ Andrew Relph muses, ‘some people love reading but don’t require it.’ Relph is a psychotherapist who grew up in a dysfunctional family in South Africa, with an undiagnosed reading disorder – which he hasn’t exactly overcome. Reading, though vital, is still slow and intense: ‘I read nothing I don’t want to read. I’m like a person with a breathing problem, restricting themselves to oxygen.’

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