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Jane Hawking, who was Stephen Hawking's wife for more than 25 years, is a writer, lecturer, and the author of At Home in France.
As the new biopic of Stephen Hawking is set to launch, his first wife, Jane recalls their life together, the diagnosis of his motor-neurone disease, the balance to be struck between her family and full-time care for her husband. An honest and sometimes painful view of a marriage that was to fall apart under the stress of the illness, the fame and the media pressure. Like for Like Reading My Brief History, Stephen Hawking Alan Turing: The Enigma, Andrew Hodges The film version of this book, The Theory of Everything, is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 1 January 2015. Click below to view the trailer.
From the author of the no. 1 bestseller Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything. In 1930s Greater London, Shirley is a talented ballerina who dreams of becoming a principal dancer at the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company. Yet one summer, on the way back from staying with her grandparents in France, she meets a handsome young man, Alan, for a fleeting moment and her life changes for ever. Finding him becomes an obsession for Shirley, who now longs to fulfil her dreams in the ballet simply so that he might see her name in lights and know where to find her. With the outbreak of the Second World War, and those she loves in danger, Shirley's priority becomes to help in the war effort, but with Alan appearing once more in her life, and the war threatening to part them for a second time, she knows that she cannot cope if she were to lose him again. The second in the Immortal Souls series.
Growing up in London in the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth is an observant and thoughtful child who finds herself in a confusing and mysterious adult world. She seeks refuge in her memories of her idyllic stays with her grandparents in the picturesque East Anglian countryside - which provide comforting visions of a simpler life. As she comes to terms with her surroundings and her own adolescence, Ruth finds the motivation to pursue the tantalizing dream which has governed her childhood, and discovers some family secrets along the way. A coming-of-age novel about the unpredictable nature of human behaviour and about taking control of one's destiny, Silent Music is a timeless portrait of post-war Britain, as well as a lyrical paean to hope and aspiration.
Als Jane Wilde Stephen Hawking auf einer Neujahrsparty 1963 kennenlernt, ist der extravagante, blasierte Student aus Oxford bereits schwerkrank. Die beiden heiraten, obwohl Stephens Lebenserwartung damals nicht einmal zwei Jahre betragt. Es folgen 25 gemeinsame Jahre, in denen Jane ein Schattendasein fuhrt, zugleich aber ihren Mann 24 Stunden am Tag pflegt, drei Kinder mit ihm bekommt, und dazwischen selbst den Doktortitel erwirbt. Jane Hawking erzahlt vom verzweifelten Kampf um Selbstbehauptung, von der Liebe zu einem Mann, in dessen verfallenem Korper der vielleicht grote Geist unserer Zeit steckt, vom bitteren Showdown ihrer Ehe - und zuletzt von Versohnung und der Macht der Freundschaft.