The Company of Others

Stories of Belonging

by Sandra Shields, David Campion, John Ralston Saul

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  • 9781551521862
  • 9781551523224

In the next decade, six million North American families will be caring for someone with a disability. But other disabled people are not so lucky, left to live in isolation and without support in an era of federal and state cutbacks. This extraordinary book is about the transforming power of family and community on “vulnerable” individuals—the mentally challenged, the mentally ill, the elderly—and how these efforts enrich us as a society. The book tells the stories, interwoven with photographs, of five such people, who are surrounded by social “circles—friends and family whose respect, encouragement, and unconditional love give them a sense of purpose and belonging. Featuring beautiful duotone photographs, the stories told here are profoundly inspiring, giving hope to anyone who, because of age, health, or disability, has been excluded from having a full and meaningful life.

Co-produced with PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network).


  • Arsenal Pulp Press; June 2006
  • ISBN: 9781551523224
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  • Title: The Company of Others
  • Author: Sandra Shields; David Campion (photog.); John Ralston Saul (other)
  • Imprint: Arsenal Pulp Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781551521862
  • 9781551523224

About The Author

Sandra Shields and David Campion are a married couple who collaborate on numerous narrative/photographic projects, including the book Where Fire Speaks, which won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2003. They live outside of Vancouver, BC. 

John Ralston Saul's numerous books include Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictorship of Reason in the West, Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the End of the Twentieth Century, and The Unconscious Civilization, which won the Governor General?s Award in 1996.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781551521862
  • 9781551523224