My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’ 150 150 icnagency

By: Bill Hayes | My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’ | Neuroscience | The Guardian

In this extract from his memoir, Bill Hayes, partner of Oliver Sacks, recalls the neurologist’s unworldly charm, their remarkable stay with Björk in Iceland, and the dignity of Sacks’s final weeks

He wrote me a letter. That’s how we met. He had read my book, The Anatomist, in proof, and enjoyed it. (“I meant to provide a blurb,” but “got distracted and forgot.”) This was when I was still in San Francisco – early 2008. This was when people still wrote letters regularly and when one got a letter, sat down and wrote a letter back.

“Dear Mr Hayes – ”
“ – Dear Dr Sacks…”

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