Fracture: Stories of How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma (Paperback)Matthew Parris (author)
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Inspired by Parris’s work on BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives, Fracture reveals the hardship and personal tragedy that blighted the childhoods of many trail-blazing historical figures, from Ada Lovelace to Coco Chanel.
While presenting Great Lives on Radio 4, Matthew Parris noticed a trend in the lives of the exceptional men and women the programme covered: many of them had been marked by extreme trauma and deprivation.
They seemed to have succeeded not only in spite of their backgrounds, but perhaps even because of them. Charlie Chaplin spent much of his childhood in a south London workhouse, while Ada Lovelace was paralysed at the age of thirteen. Edward Lear was the last of twenty-one children, and suffered from severe epilepsy and depression, and Coco Chanel was abandoned by her father in a freezing-cold church orphanage. Yet they would all grow up to be not just successful, but to create paradigm shifts in their fields, and create work that still influence our lives today.
As Matthew Parris brings each individual's story to life in this original and compelling study, it becomes clear that we must rethink the origins of success, as well as the legacy of trauma.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
'Graceful and considered ... an elegant, compassionate and wide-ranging tribute to the resilience of humans' - The Times
'Parris has a feel for language, a sense of history and a wonderful wit' - Scotland on Sunday
'Parris is a skilful entertainer, who informs as well as amuses.' - The Literary Review
'I learned a lot reading this ... the strength of Fracture is that it is very much like a cracking radio script: entertaining and easy to digest' - The Spectator
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