Walking and Wheeling Tales

Non-Fiction - Travel
234 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2021
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Author Biography

For many years, Dr Maureen Corrigan was a medical practitioner who worked in a broad range of healthcare roles, from general practitioner to hospital and health service CEO. She retired early as a result of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Maureen is now able to pursue her many other passions, including travel and writing, which has led her to say, ‘I sometimes think getting MS was the best thing that happened to me!’
Maureen has had so many funny and more interesting things happen travelling since using her mobility scooter, that she felt she had to write about them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

The year 2020 has been a tough year for all of us, especially those who harbor a never-ending wanderlust. Yet, the lockdown gave us a perfect opportunity to pause our frantic lives and look back fondly at happy and cherished memories. In Walking and Wheeling Tales, Maureen T Corrigan chronicles seventeen such stories, sharing snippets and anecdotes from her travels worldwide. From the giant polar bears roaming in the snow-laden Churchill to the towering giraffes and majestic lions of the African grassland, Corrigan has seen it all. Her adventures have taken her everywhere - from Japanese trains to a Venetian cruise, from mystic Greenland to exuberant Hawaii. As a patient of progressive multiple sclerosis, a mobility scooter has been her constant companion. Even in these pandemic times, she has kept her dream of traveling aflame.

I was amazed at the richness of Maureen T Corrigan’s globetrotting experiences. Equally commendable is her indomitable spirit that never let MS take complete control over her life. She had accepted her condition and overcome it with two powerful weapons - her beloved scooter and a dream to travel. I believe the scooter was a central character in her book, as it gave rise to several interesting situations. In a simplistic yet elegant style, Corrigan recounted many such hilarious incidents and how these often turned their trips in unexpected directions. Studded with colored photographs, Walking and Wheeling Tales gives a detailed account of diverse cultures and lifestyles they encountered in different countries. A perfect read during lockdown times, this book will take you to distant places when you are stuck at home.

Asher Syed

Walking and Wheeling Tales by Maureen T Corrigan is a non-fiction memoir of the author's global travels both before and following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS. Corrigan begins with an introduction to herself and her former career as a doctor, descriptions of her appearance, and an overview of her exploration that now, in light of COVID-19, is mostly in and around her own neighborhood. Corrigan's stories are offered in short form and with a perspective that encompasses pre-MS travel and post-MS where she is with her best friend, Sue. The title is a clever intimation of her before-and-after for those who might initially take her “wheeling” to mean road trips when in fact Corrigan is talking about her wheelchair and scooter. In total the book contains seventeen independent stories that offer a peek into the jet-setting life of a spirited narrator.

Playing the armchair tourist is possibly the next best thing to actually getting out to travel the world when none of us is able to do so, and having Maureen T Corrigan as our guide in Walking and Wheeling Tales feels especially fun. Each piece in the anthology is incredibly descriptive and immersive despite its length and I just loved the inclusion of color photographs. My favorite tale is called Vaccines and Gardens as Corrigan has immense difficulty getting a necessary vaccine that seems to be everywhere but where she needs it. This is a wonderful book on globe-trotting from a unique perspective and was such a delight to read.

Samantha Gregory

Walking and Wheeling by Maureen T. Corrigan is a collection of heartwarming, funny, and entertaining tales from one woman who is determined not to let her disability get her down. Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Maureen's life has changed drastically from what it used to be. A medical practitioner, she had to retire when her condition developed, but she hasn't let it stop her from doing the things she loves. She shares the stories of her travels and the adventures she has had. She has visited quite a number of places in Europe, Asia, and America. Dealing with her scooter and the havoc it causes was fun to read. For most people, this would be a terrible thing, but she takes it all in her stride.

Maureen T. Corrigan has written an engaging book which I feel offers hope to people who may have been similarly diagnosed and think that they are not able to do as much as they used to. Along with her friend, Sue, who helps her out, she shows a zest for life and a willingness to try new things. I think this book would appeal to people who enjoy fun reads, travel, and anyone who may be in a similar position with a similar condition. Walking and Wheeling is positive and I would recommend it although I feel it may be in a niche category as there are not many similar books on the market, which is a shame because there should be more available.