Rosemary Sutcliff contracted juvenile arthritis at a very early age. Speaking to Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs she spoke of how she was moved around, in a spinal carriage.
A spinal carriage… was rather like a wicker coffin. It was very uncomfortable and you lay flat out in this thing and of course all you could see were the branches of the trees or the roofs of the houses going by overhead and it was extremely boring. With any luck you were allowed perhaps to sit up on the way home from a walk.