Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen

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'A shy teenager meets a young scientist at a New Year's party and falls in love with him. The story of their relationship would be unremarkable but for the complications of genius and terrible illness.'This is the story of Jane Hawking's life with Stephen, author of A Brief History of Time and hailed as the heir to Newton and Einstein. The determination that enabled Stephen to confound the stopwatch of his wasting paralysis and break through the most challenging boundaries of physics had a converse side. Encouraging him and caring for him meant not only the willing suppression of Jane's own academic interests but also of her personality. In this edition she has included her thoughts on the media reaction to her exceptionally candid memoir which is at times disturbing, but which is ultimately about the triumph of hope and love.'A harrowing and compelling account' - Irish Times'A great read' - Daily Mail

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Jane Hawking's extraordinary memoir of her life with Stephen
'A great read' - Daily Mail

'Jane Hawking's harrowing and compelling account . . . rings very true' - Irish Times

'This is not a vindictive book, although the agony she went through is palpable; if Stephen's struggle to keep his mind clear is heroic, so is her determination to balance his escalating needs and those of their three children.' - Independent on Sunday

'Jane writes about her former husband with tenderness, respect and protectiveness' - Sunday Express

This is Jane's story of her life with Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time and hailed universally as the heir to Newton and Einstein.

The courage and determination that enabled Stephen to confound the stopwatch of his wasting paralysis and break through the most challenging boundaries of physics had a converse side. Encouraging him and caring him not only meant the willing suppression of Jane's own academic interests but also seemed to demand the stifling of her personality. When physical support was eventually forthcoming it arrived in the form of a number of nurses who it was hoped would enable the family to recover its harmony and unity. But life became even more strained as Stephen's involvement with one nurse led to the breakup of the family.

In this exceptionally candid, poignant, often humorous memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the searing complexities and painful dilemmas of her first marriage and the potentially corrosive effects of power generated by wealth and fame but also the extensive and often cruel media reaction to this book's hardback publication. But above all, this book is about the ultimate triumph of hope, optimism and love.

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Jane Hawking, divorced wife of Professor Stephen Hawking and mother of his three children, relates the story of a marriage begun in optimism, despite facing motor neurone disease. Caring for him meant the willing suppression of Jane's own academic interest and her personality.

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