As he grew increasingly introverted, Brown began to lose himself in literature, painting, and poetry.
A visit to Lourdes, France provided Brown a second major transformative experience.
The funds he received from his writing allowed him to return to Ireland to a house which was specially designed to accommodate his extra needs.
He married Londoner Mary Carr and the pair moved to different places around Ireland before eventually settling in Somerset, England.
In 1989, the book was adapted into an Academy Award winning film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
When Brown was first born, neither his doctors nor his parents noticed symptoms or behaviors to lead them to think he was anything but a normal, healthy child.He was one of 22 children, only 13 of which survived past infancy.He was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy soon after his birth, which left him almost entirely incapable of movement apart from in his left leg.The relationship between Mr Brown and Ms Carr was controversial, with rumours that Mr Brown was being abused by his wife.He died at the age of 49 after a choking incident, and his body was found to have bruising consistent with domestic abuse.The disorder does not, however, generally affect a child’s intellectual function.However, because little was known about cerebral palsy at the time of Brown’s diagnosis, the doctors advised his mother and the rest of the family that Brown was likely mentally disabled and that she should give up any hope of him having a normal and productive life.Then, when Brown was five years old, his mother finally saw evidence that she was right.One day, while his sister was playing with a piece of chalk next to him, Brown took the piece of chalk out of her hand with his left foot and wrote an “A” on the ground.Though his life was cut short, his legacy continued to grow.Eight years after his death, Mr Brown’s first autobiography was made in to a now-famous feature film which starred Daniel Day Lewis.