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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718194810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718194819
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's the book everyone's talking about. Albert Espinosa's The Yellow World is a heartwarming insight into how he has learnt to live a happy life (Mail on Sunday)

deeply moving (Top Santé)

A word-of-mouth sensation (Guardian)

The book is full of ... self-deprecating humour (Matthew Campbell The Times)

An extraordinary character (The Observer)

The Yellow World is a sunny, wildly optimistic utopia (The Sunday Times)

A spiritual classic... (Kate Spicer Sunday Times Style)

Thank you for sharing your wisdoms ... You make me smile (Elle Macpherson)

Written with a wonderful sense of mischief and a steadfast lack of self-pity - he held a farewell party for his leg on the night before its amputation. There are passages on illness and death which are curiously life-affirming (Arifa Akbar Independent, Books of the Year) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Albert Espinosa has won several battles with death, which is why his stories are so full of life. He is powerful because he never gives up. And as a last resort he bargains: he swapped a leg and a lung for his life. He has learnt how to lose in order to win. He's hyperactive and prefers losing sleep to losing experiences. If you want to tell him something it has to be very good or told very fast. He loves to provoke people but he does it to make provocations seem normal. His greatest hope is that after you have read this book you will go off in search of your yellow world.

Albert Espinosa is a bestselling author. At the age of thirteen, Albert was diagnosed with cancer, an event that changed his life forever. When he was fourteen, his left leg had to be amputated. At sixteen his left lung was removed, and when he was eighteen part of his liver was taken out. After ten years in and out of hospitals, when he was finally told that he had been cured of the disease, he realised that his illness had taught him that what is sad is not dying, but rather not knowing how to live.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TheShopaholic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2012
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First of all, I would not call this a self help book by any stretch of the imagination so if that is what you are hoping for, don't buy it. What it is, is an entertaining comedic account of Espinosa's 10 year experience with his Cancer. The one thing it is, is upbeat and light. There is no wallowing in self pity or morose thoughts, even though he lost a leg and lung and part of his liver to Cancer (or as he would say, he exchanged them for his life) he keeps optimistic and positive throughout. It is heartwarming to read of the friends he made and lost to Cancer along the way but how each friend is remembered by the pearl of wisdom they imparted to Espinosa so that instead of grieving for his friends, he carries their inspiration with him.

I have survived Cancer and so I know that positivity throughout really does make a difference, too many people continue to live in fear of death after their diagnosis and that can just drag you down but the author's way of looking at life is inspirational and although it is not really an instructional book on how to.... the whole foundation of his approach is one that can be taken up by any of us going through a difficult time. Too many of us today see imperfection as a problem and Espinosa is trying to say, accept the negatives and the things they change, there is no right way there are just many facets which one can look at and see things in a different way. Losses should be embraced and then let go and then embrace the changes they bring not mourned. For each loss leaves a space for something else to enter your life, welcome it. And my piece of inspiration is as far as cancer is concerned, 'Cancer is not a battle but an endurance test - do not waste your strength trying to beat it when you need to save everything you have for the long haul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Day on 24 Jan. 2013
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Almost everyone, including the author has mentioned that this isn't a self-help book. However I did find it helpful in a variety ways. Even just from the very obvious of "My god what the heck have I got to feel sorry for myself about when you look what this guy has been through?" type thing. But more subtly, given that Espinosa is astonishingly sanguine about his own difficult experiences it did make me reconsider some of my own choices.
The 23 discoveries were interesting. During some of them it became very apparent that Spinoza is Spanish. Perhaps some of his comments are more surprising to an English audience - perhaps it's just me. I did find the 'sharing out the life' of his friends who had died section very moving.
I've lent it to two friends - one loved it and one hated - and not the way around that I guessed I would be. I actually think it's one of those books that you have to decide about for yourself - perhaps it has different messages for us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2013
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I am a bit perplexed by this book's rave reviews. It is quite readable, indeed an interesting and colourful insight into the author's life experience, and his acceptance of mortality. However, unless the notion of self reflection is new to you, or there is a deficit in self awareness, then this doesn't have much to offer. In fact at times, I feel it has been written in a state of hypomania with some rather wacky suggestions as to how to fully appreciate one's life. For instance, does it really matter what colour your folders may be, or how life changing postponing reading an e-mail for 30 minutes can be revelatory? His advice is wholly personal, and needs to be taken just as that, not as a general philosophy. For those who have previously not considered examining their feelings, then this may be revelatory, but otherwise just see it as a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2013
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Albert Espinosa spent ten years battling cancer and lost a leg and a lung to the disease. These misfortunes have not stopped him having a zest for life which positively leaps off the pages of this book. The author gives some fascinating insights into what having cancer and looking death in the face has taught him. The most important thing is probably that death and losses of any kind are not things to be feared.

There are twenty three discoveries which the author lists and describes and then he explains his theory about the `yellows' in everyone's life. These are people who have an impact on your life whether you spend five minutes with them or many years. At first I thought this theory was a little off the wall but then I started thinking back over my own life and realised that I have had some `yellows' in my life who have given me insights which are still important to me many years later.

Not all the of the twenty three discoveries will resonate with everyone but the ones that gave me `light bulb moments' were the tenth discovery - `Don't be afraid of being the person you have become' and the sixteenth discovery - `The difficult thing isn't accepting how you are, but how everyone else is.' When reading several of the other discoveries I found myself nodding in agreement with them.

This is such a hugely positive book and yet it doesn't gloss over the negatives. I found myself laughing and crying at times and I know I will re-read this book several times and that it will probably give me something new at every reading. If you like books which make you think then this is one for you. It isn't a self-help book - or only in the very broadest sense of the term - and it could give you welcome insights into your own life.
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