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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything

by Jane Hawking

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month Popular Science

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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.


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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything Synopsis

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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The Good Book Guide Review

Candid and unflinching, Jane Hawking’s poignant account of her life with first husband astrophysicist Stephen Hawking should offer solace to those in a similar situation, as she explores the inherent difficulties of trying to juggle the care of a husband in the grip of motor neurone disease with family needs. At the very time Hawking’s academic renown was at its height, his body was becoming progressively undermined by illness. The strains created by this and the associated complications caused by life in the spotlight are also judiciously examined. A frank and moving memoir containing exclusive photographs of the couple.

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ISBN: 9781846883668
Publication date: 18/12/2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846883668
Publication date: 18th December 2014
Author: Jane Hawking
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Popular Science, Books Behind TV & Film,
Categories: Autobiography: science, technology & medicine, Memoirs, Physics,

About Jane Hawking

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.

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