Go Play in the Sand, John

August 1, 2008 · Filed Under Go Play in the Sand, Kavanagh Tipping Publishing 

Great excitement. We have published my book ‘Go Play in the Sand, John’. It is published by Kavanagh Tipping Publishing. Frances Kavanagh ghost wrote my book for me and she is in partnership with Jill. It is going to be ready on Monday and we have already had loads of orders.

On Wednesday I did some filming for BBC South East Today. They did a really nice news piece on the 6.30 news. You can see it here


In the book I just talk about my life. The first part is called The Pit. Things were a bit grim at times. I remember having to sit in front of my 11 plus paper not being able to read the questions let alone answer them. How strange that they expected kids like me to do that! The second part of the book is called The Awakening which happened about 5 years ago when a simple changeĀ of attitude changed my life. I suddenly started to see all the things I had, instead of feeling bitter about what I didn’t have. From then on, I just started putting things in place to replace the reading and writing which I couldn’t do.

Technology has helped hugely and I would like to pass on my thanks to Shirley Meakins, my mate who helped me to get Access to Work to provide me with not only the equipment but also the training I needed. I don’t think I thanked her in the book which was bad of me, but without her, I wouldn’t have got as far as I have.

Monday is the last one in the series Can’t Read, Can’t Write and I am IN IT! It is official becasue it says on the Channel 4 website …’this week we meet John…’ That’s me. I bet I am going to make a right spanner of myself. Never mind.

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One Response to “Go Play in the Sand, John”

  1. Maya Gilmby on October 22nd, 2011 3:31 pm

    Im in Sweden and journalsit and teacher and have just seen here the program from 2009 about people who wanted to learn how to read. There was John Tippet,how do I get in contact with him?
    You see, Im also working with this method that I think could help John and others a lot. You can find more about it in English on http://www.drguyberard.com
    If you dont find anyone doing Berard in England I would love to come and meet you to talk about the whole idea of the treatment! First meeting is always with no costs for you.
    All the best,

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