Girl in the Dark (Paperback)
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'An astonishing memoir' Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave `Oh, what can I not do, in my dreams. In my dreams I travel on trains and climb mountains, I play concerts and swim rivers, I carry important documents on vital missions, I attend meetings which become song-and-dance routines. My body lies boxed in darkness, but beneath my closed eyelids there is colour, sound and movement, in glorious contrast to the day; mad movies projected nightly in the private theatre of my skull.' Anna Lyndsey was living a normal life. She enjoyed her job; she was ambitious; she was falling in love. Then the unthinkable happened. It began with a burning sensation on her face when she was exposed to computer screens and fluorescent lighting. Then the burning spread and the problematic light sources proliferated. Now her extreme sensitivity to light in all forms means she must spend much of her life in total darkness. During the best times, she can venture cautiously outside at dusk and dawn, avoiding high-strength streetlamps. During the worst, she must spend months in a darkened room, listening to audiobooks, inventing word-games and fighting to keep despair at bay. Told with great beauty, humour and honesty, Girl in the Dark is the astonishing and uplifting account of Anna's descent into the depths of her extraordinary illness. It is the story of how, through her determination to make her impossible life possible and with the love of those around her, she has managed to find light in even the darkest of places.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408858295
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Bizarre and gripping ... It's honesty, bravery and touches of black comedy will be a help to anyone suffering from a chronic illness, as well as to those who - at least for now - are spared. This book about darkness shines with lucid writing and flashes of bold imagination * Sunday Times *
The miracle is not that she has written about the experience, although that would be remarkable enough ... What is so surprising is that this is a tremendous book, beautifully written and full of hard-won hope and unexpected humour. It isn't a misery memoir, nor a self-help guide. It's a little masterpiece * Mail on Sunday *
Melodic, penetrating ... [Girl in the Dark] reveals the quiet, ingenious consciousness of a poet * The New York Times Book Review *
An extraordinary memoir of horror, endurance, resourcefulness and despair ... Girl in the Dark is beautifully written. The author's intelligence shines on every page, and her will to survive (despite those black thoughts in her dark room) is inspiring * Daily Mail *
In this astonishing memoir Anna Lyndsey takes us into the world of a rare and shocking illness, and we emerge awed by a shining love story. Anna writes with such honesty and grace and mischief about how her condition forces her to retreat into blackness - yet we see that this new space she so bravely creates for herself is suffused with light * Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave, winner of the PEN/Ackerly Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award *
The premise of Girl in the Dark seems lifted out of a Gothic novel: A woman whose flesh is burned by light is confined to a dark box of a room. But this story, self-excoriating in its honesty and brimming with insight into the human condition and the inner life of a chronically ill person, is so much more than a medical mystery or a nightmarishly true tale. I read this book, a memoir that reads like an epic poem, pen in hand, feverishly underlining sentence after sentence. Yes, life is suffering, but in the end, as Anna Lyndsey so aptly puts it, `Words are wonderful.' This book is a gift, a testament to the power of art as a saving grace * Susannah Cahalan, author of the New York Times-bestselling Brain on Fire *
In her keenly observed book of life without light, she takes us with her through every challenge * Sainsbury's Magazine *
With black humour, she describes her strategies for living as full a life as possible without becoming an emotional basket-case ... In the dying of the light, there is rage but also laughter, love and the hope of progress * The Times *
But this is not just a survival tale, it's also something of a love story. Lyndsey lives with her long-term partner, Pete. Their touching relationship provides some much-needed hope * Independent *
It is her searing honesty and elegant, inspirational style that lifts this book above the level of misery memoir into a brilliant and insightful psychological study of stoicism and survival * Daily Mail, 'Must Reads' *
Remarkable ... Her writing remains buoyantly entertaining, her style dry and unself-pitying ... Her observations about nature, colour, texture and sound - as well as the darkness and her own plight - are recorded with great acuity, as if her isolation has amplified everything ... The bad news for her is that she remains ill; she is apparently starting a novel. Still, if it's anything as good as this, that's good news for the rest of us * Evening Standard *
Astonishing ... Anna writes about all of this with ferocious honesty ... She can even be grimly funny * Readers Digest *
This sounds like the subject of a novel, but it is the all-too-real predicament of the author, who, except for infrequent periods of remission when she can tolerate dawn and dusk, has to spend whole seasons confined to a completely dark room ... Hers is a dreadful situation captured with unexpected grace, and Lyndsey is also able to laugh at the practically unthinkable restrictions imposed on her. Her prose has some lovely wording ... such personification of the illness also clearly demonstrates Lyndsey's determination, and that her true allies - above all her admirable husband - in their fight against it. A deeply sobering memoir that, despite everything, strikes an encouraging and uplifting tone * The Lady *
Girl in the Dark is a stunning debut from Anna Lyndsey about an unimaginably horrible disease * Literary Review *
Lyndsey prises open all these emotions with effortless, matter-of-fact clarity, without ever letting Girl in the Dark trip over into misery memoir territory. In fact, her chronicle of a life without light somehow sparkles with dark humour and wonder at the world ... Beautifully affecting * Observer *
Beautifully written ... Her honesty and determination to remain upbeat in the face of adversity are deeply affecting. A moving and uplifting listen * Psychologies *
Its honesty, bravery and touches of black comedy will be a help to anyone suffering from a chronic illness, as well as to those who are spared. This book about darkness shines with lucid writing and flashes of bold imagination * Sunday Times *
This unusual, moving memoir is artfully constructed, interleaving an account of Lyndsey's domestic shadow-world with recollections of her former life, awash in remembered sunlight. The prose frequently sparkles * Independent on Sunday *

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“A good and very interesting read”

Imagine closing your eyes really tight. Like really tight so its so dark you can't see anything. Now imagine if you should open just one of your eyes maybe a milometer so there is just a small amount of light.... More

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“An amazing, disturbing read”

This is an extraordinary exposition of what it is to live with the worst kind of allergy-an allergy to light. It starts with a burning sensation whilst working in an office packed with computers and fluorescent... More

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Truly inspirational! I feel this shouldn't be labelled as a novel because it'd be seen as a work of fiction. It's hard when reading this to remember this is an account of someone's life... I found... More

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