The Foundation recommends the following books as useful starting points into CBS. These titles could be available from your local library. If you have low vision, don't forget to ask whether alternate forms such as large print or audio versions are supplied.


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Brookes broaches hallucinations, illusions and jumping to conclusions  (Reviewed by Jennifer Muirden)

A Thousand Coloured Castles is worthy of recognition since it combines wit and a multimodal approach to effectively illustrate the phantom images that a person with the enigmatic neurological condition of Charles Bonnet syndrome may expect to see, but also manages to draw attention to the loneliness and isolation that many elderly people face. 

Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks notably wrote the acclaimed bestseller Hallucinations back in 2012 based on anecdotal descriptions of the intricate apparitions experienced by those of his patients afflicted with Charles Bonnet syndrome and also from his own experience. While his prose narrative undoubtedly educated and intrigued a wide audience, it is the highly imaginative visual component of Brookes' book that for me enhances the narration with more power and economy ultimately delivering a more memorable and accessible message. 

An added surprise for me was a feeling of unsettling anxious anticipation that gripped me while the story about Myriam and her rapidly declining vision unfolds and becomes very much a suspense thriller. It is the subtle alchemy of speech bubbles and wax crayon pictures cleverly created by Brookes which educates and engages its audience with the intention of fostering greater understanding, discourse, empathy and a reduction in anxiety for both Charles Bonnet syndrome sufferers, and their loved ones. In this fashion, it may help people gain acceptance of this legitimate condition and learn to live with less fear or automatically assume they are losing their mind.

There’s one thing for certain A Thousand Coloured Castles will go a long way in establishing the comic book format as a viable form of educational literature dealing with a serious and substantial issue rather than standard comic books which are so often concerned with superheroes, science fiction, fantasy or lightweight subject matter.