Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill has died, aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had cancer. He also had dyslexia.

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He described his struggle with the learning disorder and explored this new method of teaching dyslexic children to read….

 

“  I didn’t write this, I’m not writing this. Amy is writing this. Say: “Hello, Amy.” I speak into Amy’s crooked ear, and she types on my behalf. Amy can tell the difference between a lower-case “b” and a “d” with one eye closed, after three gins. She minds her ps and qs, and she’ll mind mine if I ask her. Amy is comfortable with all the many and subtle ways of “ough”. Words are her open book, as simple as ACB. So she writes with an assured dexterity, without even looking down. But what you hear, the timbre, the cadence of the clusters and chicanes, those are mine. The voice that is whispering into your shell-like is mine. And that is a great and subtle alchemy…”

AA Gill’s dyslexia prevented him from filing copy in the traditional (i.e. technologically relevant for the time) manner.

Instead, he would dictate his stories over the phone.

The fact is, he did. Every month. Without fail.

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