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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

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One of the most remarkable memoirs ever written. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless.

But his mind remained as active and alert as it had ever been. Using his only functioning muscle - his left eyelid - he was determined to tell his remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly records Bauby's lonely existence but also the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances.

It one of the most extraordinary books about the triumph of the human spirit ever written.

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Product Details
Fourth Estate Ltd
0008329745 / 9780008329747
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
139 pages
20 cm
General (US: Trade) Learn More
Reprint. Translated from the French This translation originally published: 1997.