“Tell me your story”

An illuminating memoir recording a lifelong battle with an incurable condition
Shaista Tayabali

Extracts from Shaista Tayabali’s book Lupus, You odd unnatural thing: A tale of auto-immunity, are reprinted here with permission from the author. When I tell people I am a writer, a poet, they exclaim and appear to be impressed or pleased to have met such a curiosity on an ordinary day. But then, almost immediately on the heels of their pleasure and surprise, comes this question: "Are you published?” Taxi drivers, delivery men, random persons-on-buses, people who openly declare their utter lack of interest in the act of reading want to know if I’m published. I imagine if my answer was "Yes!......

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