Jane Clinton “Novelist and former Guardian journalist Susie Steiner dies at 51” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jul/03/novelist-and-former-guardian-journalist-susie-steiner-dies-aged-51
Alex Clark “Susie Steiner obituary” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jul/13/susie-steiner-obituary
She faced challenges that, like the poster she popularised, required stoicism and patience. Steiner suffered from a hereditary and degenerative sight condition, retinitis pigmentosa, which was diagnosed in childhood and worsened in adult life; in 2013, she was registered blind. Her friend the novelist Lissa Evans described fast-paced walks on Hampstead Heath, in which she would forget that Steiner had little vision, so engrossed were they both in their conversation; she was, said Evans, “so clever and funny, straightforward and kind, warm yet caustic, penetrating yet easy to talk to, a huge presence in an ordinary-sized person”.
In a piece for the Independent on Sunday about her blindness that cited Milton, Joyce and the mythological figure Tiresias, Steiner wrote fascinatingly about the links between her condition and writing, saying: “You are reliant on another’s help. You cannot dictate – you must wait. This is both frightening and difficult but, I believe, is of service to the writer.” It allowed her to appreciate, she was convinced, the sometimes invisible suffering of others.
Susie Steiner “It has been easier to cope with my cancer during lockdown - and books have been a lifeline” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/13/it-has-been-easier-to-cope-with-my-cancer-during-lockdown-and-books-have-been-a-lifeline