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Jane Hawking

Music to move the stars

Stephen Hawking is probably the best known scientist alive today, but his disability might have posed an insuperable obstacle to his career if it hadn't have been for the dedication of his wife Jane. In Music to move the Stars she tells the story of the 30 years of their life together. We hear of her struggles in the early years to look after their small children as well as Stephen. As he became more well known, she tells of life on the conference circuit, and in particular of meetings with the families of other well-known cosmologists.

In the 1980's Stephen's fame grew beyond the scientific establishment, but his condition also worsened, requiring constant medical care. We hear of the intolerable problems caused by having to deal with his celebrity status and a succession of different nurses as well as trying to keep some measure of normality to family life. In the end this proved to be impossible, and Jane and Stephen divorced in 1995.

As well as providing a unique look into the life of a famous scientist, this book tells of a courageous struggle in the face of adversity, of the unexpected help that Jane recieved, and often of the expected help that was not forthcoming. I feel that the insight it provides into the struggles of life will benifit anyone who reads it.

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Hardcover 480 pages  
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Published: 1999 Macmillan
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Hardcover 610 pages  
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Jane Hawking, divorced wife of Professor Stephen Hawking and mother of his three children has written a memoir which relates the story of a marriage begun in optimism, despite facing the terrible odds of motor neurone disease, and of its gradual decline which became inescapably apparent as Hawking's academic career and renown began to soar. Jane Hawking writes of her marriage and remembers the vigorous young man with whom she fell in love prior to the onset of his debilitating motor neurone disease. Moreover, she tells of the difficulties of looking after a wheelchair-bound husband and three small children - all demanding attention 24 hours a day. These experiences, coupled with the author's evident inner-strength can offer inspiration to others faced with a similar family situation. The collapse of the high profile Hawking marriage, provoked by Stephen's affair with a nurse, is related in honest detail and Jane's recent re-marriage to an old family friend offers the hope of happy ending to a life of struggle and alienation.