A Life in Pieces

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:22nd Feb '24


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Metamorphosis cover

A darkly comic and moving memoir on what it means to be human in a world where nothing is certain, from the award-winning Oxford professor.

‘A book that will stay with you for life’

‘The best book about multiple sclerosis’

We all have trapdoors in our lives. Sometimes we jump off just in time... But sometimes we are unlucky. My own trapdoor was hidden in the consulting room of an Oxford neurologist.

When the trapdoor opened for Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, he plummeted into a world of MRI scans, a disobedient body and the crushing unpredictability of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. But, as he explores in Metamorphosis, his fall also did something else. It took him deep into his own mind: his hopes, his fears, his loves and losses, and the books that would sustain, inform and nourish him as his life began to transform in ways he could never have imagined.

‘A pitch-perfect memoir… touchingly honest and darkly funny’

‘An outstanding feat… Riveting’

Metamorphosis is the best book I have read about multiple sclerosis, and that is because it is about so much more... It is simply a beautiful piece of writing. * The Times *
A pitch-perfect memoir: stylish, erudite, touchingly honest and darkly funny. -- Jacqueline Wilson, author of The Story of Tracy Beaker
An outstanding feat of bravery and brio... A buoyantly written, piercingly perceptive book. * Sunday Times *
A beautiful and devastating portrayal of a life-changing diagnosis... It is what the best writing should be: a book that will stay with you for life. -- Natalie Haynes, author of A Thousand Ships
The writing is all elegance and wit. * The Times, *2023's Top 50 Non-Fiction Books* *

ISBN: 9781529920796

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 24mm

Weight: 180g

272 pages