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Published: March 2019
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Category: Arts / Arts: Writing
BIC Subject: Memoirs
Published By: Penguin
 
Published: 05-Mar-2019
Format: Paperback, 336 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9780143793786
Stock Code: 3793786
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Caro Llewellyn?s family was unconventional from the beginning. Her parents met in hospital, where her father, confined to an iron lung after contracting polio, seduced his nurse and married her.Growing up, Caro watched her father embrace life, undaunted and ingenious in the face of his severe paralysis. From him, she learned courage; from her writer mother independence. She fell in love with literature and writers; when she was asked by Salman Rushdie to direct a festival in New York, she felt she?d been offered the life of her dreams.Until one day, jogging through Central Park, she lost all feeling in her legs. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Caro?s world shattered. She knew all too well what life in a wheelchair meant, and, faced with her own mortality, that she must look back at her father?s exemplary fortitude and grace to find a way forward. An at times emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a smart, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of three lives filled with astounding vigour and audacity.Caro Llewellyn?s family was unconventional from the beginning. Her parents met in hospital, where her father, confined to an iron lung after contracting polio, seduced his nurse and married her.Growing up, Caro watched her father embrace life, undaunted and ingenious in the face of his severe paralysis. From him, she learned courage; from her writer mother independence. She fell in love with literature and writers; when she was asked by Salman Rushdie to direct a festival in New York, she felt she?d been offered the life of her dreams.Until one day, jogging through Central Park, she lost all feeling in her legs. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Caro?s world shattered. She knew all too well what life in a wheelchair meant, and, faced with her own mortality, that she must look back at her father?s exemplary fortitude and grace to find a way forward. An at times emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a smart, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of three lives filled with astounding vigour and audacity.
Caro Llewellyn is the author of three previous works of non-fiction. She is the former director of several large-scale literary festivals and cultural events. She has hosted writers from every corner of the globe, including a number of Nobel Prize winners, and presented events at the Sydney Opera House, London?s Southbank, the Louvre, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Town Hall, 92Y and the historic Cooper Union. She is currently a director at Museums Victoria. Diving Into Glass is her first work of autobiography.
 
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