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Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and author of the scientific bestseller "A Brief History of Time", which sold over 25 million copies across the world and will be adapted as a children's book in the Autumn of next year. In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. The inner-strength of the author, and the self-evident character and achievements of her husband, make for an incredible tale that is always presented with unflinching honesty; the author's candour is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses, while Jane goes on to marry an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the faultlines exposed in a relationship by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.

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Travelling to Infinity
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4.3 / 5
Yawn ... an exhauting read
November 4th, 2015
This book is more about "poor little overworked" Jane Hawking and everyday minutia than travelling to infinity or anywhere remotely interesting. Expecting to learn something about Stephen Hawking? Except for tedious details of his day to day health, you will find this book is mostly about Jane and much less about her famous husband. Why the publisher didn't demand a more balanced and revealing dialog without the self-serving pseudo intellectual drivel is a real mystery.
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Inspiring Story
April 7th, 2015
Talk about triumph over adversity this woman is truly inspiring, compelling read and involving, can't put down read, nostalgic read for anyone of that age
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