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Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along....

But Kika’s stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy – could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations – can he trust a dog with his safety? Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back.

From the challenges of travelling when blind to becoming a parent for the first time, Kika & Me is the moving, heart-warming and inspirational story of Amit’s sight-loss journey and how one guide dog changed his world.

©2020 Dr Amit Patel (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic reviews

"Inspiring and compelling...rekindles one's faith in human nature" (Andrew Marr)

"An incredible story of courage, perseverance and, ultimately love." (Sun)

"The most moving book of the year." (The Lady)

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Heartwarming

As a guide dog owner myself, though “only” partially sighted this book had me smiling, nodding in agreement and in tears. A must read for everybody

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Very informative, and beautifully done

This book is absolutely wonderful, it didn't just show the glossy side of having a guide dog, it told about the stress, sadness and determination needed for this lovely man's journey.

He was so blessed to have such a lovely, capable and supportive wife, I spent lots of emotions while reading this book, tears, laughs and horror at some of the public behaviour towards Dr Patel.

I cannot express properly how much I loved this book, suffice to say that I have just made a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I am so happy for the outcome of the Patel family's success which has been richly deserved, and well earned.

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Brillant and really essential listening to understand what becoming blind is..

Courage to face this challenge. I heard this book on audio months ago and it has stayed with me.. I thought I understood what it ment to be blind.. but this very honest account..should be essential reading.
Highly recommended

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excellent read

this is one of the best books ever read. I learned so much and will be recommending that others read it too.

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Inspiring and awesome

This book is a truly wonderful story of an amazing family and a wonderful guide dog, it’s uplifting, positive and an education, everyone should read

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The miracle that is guide dogs

This beautifully crafted book gives both enlightenment and joy. Losing one’s sight is tragic; to be brought safely through the dreadful experience by not only one’s family, but, in no small part, by a dog is wonderful in its full meaning. I couldn’t recommend this book more highly, and wish Kika a safe and happy retirement whenever that comes, and the Patel family as much luck and devotion with their next saviour/s. Please read this book.

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What a Journey

I loved this heartbreaking heart mending story. They say you can never understand a person until you’ve walked in their shoes. It seems the only one to walk in Amits shoes was Kika. My heart is too full to express the joy this book brought me.

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Enjoyed performance Narration excellent Story enlightening such a worthy cause Guide dogs are so badly needed

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Fabulous

I chose this book because it was about a dog !!! ... I'm so glad I did as it was a fabulous book... I was tearing up in parts, (and not because of the dog) !! A remarkable story about a remarkable man... and the dog bit was lovely too... everyone should listen (or read) this book. Great narrative by the author too .. loved it.

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Awesome & heartfelt

Such a fantastic book !!!
Really inspiring . What a way to overcome adversity. Positive thinking and belief makes so much difference. 💜.

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