Fracture

£9.99

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 13. Edward Lear was the last of 21 children, and suffered from severe epilepsy and depression, and Coco Chanel was abandoned by her father in a 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, it becomes clear that we must rethink the origins of success, as well as the legacy of trauma.

In stock

SKU: 9781781257241 Category: Tag:

Description

A Times Biography of the Year’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’ SpectatorAda Lovelace. Frederick Douglass. Vladimir Lenin. Marie Curie. Frieda Kahlo. Carl Jung. Tupac Shakur. All geniuses who changed the world in ways that still influence our lives today. And all men and women who experienced, in childhood, trauma so severe that it should have broken them completely. While presenting Great Lives on Radio 4, Matthew Parris noticed a trend in the lives of the exceptional people 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.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.

Additional information

Weight 0.255 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

304

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

920.02 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K