The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)
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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 04/04/2019
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One of the most remarkable memoirs ever written.

One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless. But his mind remained as active and alert as it had ever been.

Using his only functioning muscle - his left eyelid - he was determined to tell his remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter.

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly records Bauby's lonely existence but also the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances. It one of the most extraordinary books about the triumph of the human spirit ever written.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008329747
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The most remarkable memoir of our time.' Cynthia Ozick

'Read this book and fall back in love with life.' Edmund White

'A staggering piece of work. It represents an almost inconceivable act of generosity, the gift of the mind and the spirit for which writing was designed.' A. L. Kennedy

'One of the great books of the century.' Financial Times

'Everyone in the country should own at least one copy.' Guardian

'We listen, because what he has to say goes to the core of what it means to be human.' Robert McCrum, Observer

'The most extraordinary book of the year.' Daily Telegraph

'Life-enhancing and devastating in equal measure - everyone should read it.' Gloss magazine

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“The Diving-bell and the Butterfly”

One of the most extraordinary, mesmerising pieces of literature I have read this year. No word has been wasted in this masterpiece. Considering that his situation is so dire and saddening, Jean-Dominique Bauby never... More

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“The Diving-bell and the Butterfly”

An amazing story from the mind of someone with such mental strength, I found it incredibly hard to fathom his physical condition when he himself was so mentally agile and aware. I am so very glad I read this book, it... More

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“The Diving-bell and the Butterfly”

It is true and it amazes you to read such a wonderful book from someone that could only move an eyelid. It makes you realise how much strength someone has inside, even though they appear to others as if they are also... More

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