SACKS, Oliver. On the Move: A Life.

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SACKS, Oliver. On the Move: A Life. London: Picador, 2015.

8vo. Publisher's black boards, spine lettered in white; in the original pictorial dust-wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. [xii], 3-397 [ix]; with 32 pages of photographs, both in black and white and full colour; author's gift inscription in ink to front fly-leaf; light rubbing to head of spine of wrapper and extremities; a fine copy with the author's inscription.
First UK edition thus, inscribed by Oliver to his niece Liz: 'with love and special best wishes from her dotty old uncle Olly. May 1/15, publication day.' Elizabeth, his niece to whom the inscription is written, is also mentioned on p. 316 ("Liz, my niece, would visit him regularly and check on all his needs… Michael's bond with Liz was now the closest family bond in his life. She could draw him out of his grim obsessions for a while, and they would sometimes laugh and joke together") and 318 ("Lili and Liz, David's wife and daughter, continued to have him over on Friday evenings").
On the Move was the second autobiography by Sacks, the first being Uncle Tungsten, published in 2001. This concentrates on his adult life, recounting his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he began to engage more deeply with his patients. He writes candidly about "love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him." (Blurb)

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