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The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846146690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846146695
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,404 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)

About the Author

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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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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I am generally not really one to sit down and take a few minutes out of my day to review items I have purchased, however only being 3 chapters into the book I felt compelled to actually share my views.

I was slightly worried when purchasing this book that it may encompass the characteristic's of just another self help book however I have found Albert's journey which he tells in the book inspirational and the lessons which he has learn't practical to everyone's life. After loosing my dad very recently to cancer, I can bring myself to understand only a minute amount of what this man has been through, and for him to have this outlook on life is truly remarkable and admiral.

An amazing read so far, and great if you ever need reminding never to sweat the small stuff.
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Having waited eagerly for the English translation to be published since first reading an article about this book eight months ago, I read it in one sitting on the day it was published. I have a young friend (30yrs old) who has osteosarcoma and currently going through the second, extremely depleting, course of chemotherapy after a leg amputation. I was hoping this book would provide some informed help and strategies to cope as she battles with it now, as much as any hope and encouragement it might offer for the future.

Whilst I do not doubt the sincerity with which the book was written I am doubtful it will. I found it repetitive and not that well expressed; it left me feeling confused and disappointed.

Espinosa was fourteen when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, he spent the next ten years or so in and out of hospital, and has been cancer free for the past ten years or so. Most of his developing philosophy in that first decade, which is the focus of the whole book, expresses the different ways he found the strength to cope, at that age, with such dire circumstances. However, they are less relevant to anyone older living with cancer today. At best, it is a way of 'viewing' the world and valuing every moment we are granted - with or without cancer; more poignant perhaps because he was one of those who survived when many of the 'friends' he met in his ten years or so in and out of hospital did not. BUT - this included many who were aged and also many who had different types of cancer. Apart from mentioning the term: osteosarcoma, there is little specifically about this particular cancer or indeed, any other type.
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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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