- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (27 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846880343
- ISBN-13: 978-1846880346
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hardcover – 27 Apr 2007
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"Jane writes about her former husband with tenderness, respect and protectiveness." -- Sunday Express
"A great read." -- Daily Mail
"Jane Hawking's harrowing and compelling account... rings very true." -- Irish Times
"Jane describes the final, painful years of her marriage in candid detail." -- Steve Connor, The Independent
"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 ad those of their three children." -- Independent on Sunday
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Stephen and Jane Hawking met in 1963. She was finishing school, and he was in Cambridge. Jane was smitten by the young boffin with a dimpled smile and an unruly shock of blonde hair. Despite his deteriorating physical condition, (Stephen Hawking suffered from Motor Neurone disease) she married him in 1965. The early years of marriage were the halcyon days of Stephen Hawking’s meteoric success with prizes won and invitations to lecture around the world. He was ‘gaining a reputation for himself as a prodigy in his field.’ His work brought not only fame but much-needed income. But, at least in the early years, this did not obviate the family’s needs for grants for the disabled.
However, this was accompanied by a deterioration of his health. Added to this were the rigours of a growing family. Though the joy brought by the birth of their children was intoxicating, the pressure and even torment of taking care of the children’s needs and looking after a wheel-chair bound husband took its toll on Jane. Her daily routine was exacting: the shopping and the washing had to be done, the house cleaned, meals prepared and the children and Stephen looked after almost single-handedly.
A shopping errand with a baby on her back while pushing Stephen in his wheelchair was a nightmare. Her husband’s disability meant ‘there was nothing of a practical nature that he could do’.Read more ›
This was an absolutely fascinating read – Of course I have followed Stephen Hawking’s story just like everybody else, he always struck me as quite an enigmatic character but apart from his public persona I did not know a great deal. And I knew nothing of Jane Hawking, his first wife, who in this memoir tells it as it was for her and it is at turns emotional, funny and very engaging.
It is a love story, it is also the story of two people coming together and making a life, a life that is difficult and expected to be short lived. Jane Hawking does not pull punches with her narrative, but shows her inner strength in the face of adversity, both the good and the bad things that happen are told with an open honesty and a tendency to be blunt that is very appealing.
Of course this is a very personal story – as such I found myself wondering how much of it was coloured by what came later – I can’t say that Stephen Hawking came across as terribly likeable overall – although of course very brave, absolutely determined and often inspiring. Added to that was a sense of the arrogance that extraordinarily intelligent people can have, his disregard for Jane’s belief system and his impatience with other people is sitting right there, sometimes making me shake my head. Jane herself is not always likeable, which I guess shows that she wrote honestly even about herself, but I admired her grit and total and absolute love for her family that kept her going through some difficult times.Read more ›
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Having seen the film, I'm pleased I read Jane Hawking's own account of her married life with Stephen Hawking. It consisted of much drudgery with only occasional good times. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by mwa
It was a very faciscinating story, there were tears and laughter. It was an insight to their life, vvery moving, I really enjoiyed reading it, I would recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Hazel Reece
As I finished reading Jane Hawking's stunningly beautiful and honestly written memoir, I realised that there were tears in my eyes. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Glazzard
A sensitively written account of the parts of her life that didn't hit the headlines, thus enlightening 'ordinary people' like myself to her joys and many difficulties. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Grandma
I found this book very interesting and glad i read it. Although I found parts quite difficult to read, especially when she was describing her thesis. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Stephen Calderwood