Jan 30, 2015

It's Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice + Giveaway


In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live.

In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive.

Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent.

Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.


Simon Fitzmaurice has Motor Neurone Disease. The prognosis of this neurological disease isn't good, the doctors told him he had three to four years to live, that was in 2008. After having severe respiratory problems Simon decided he didn't want to die, he wanted to live as he wasn't done yet. The doctors didn't agree with him and told him to give up, but he managed to get a ventilator to help him breathe.
Simon is a film maker and he's won several impressive prizes. When he has some problems with one of his feet he's in such a good period of his life. He's met the love of his life, is living in a nice house and has just started a family. Even though he slowly loses most of his abilities after that there's one thing that keeps him going. He wants to live and experience life. He's not ready to leave his loving family and to abandon his greatest passion which is film. He can move his eyes, which means he can communicate. He's written this book with the help of an eye-gaze computer.
It's Not Yet Dark is impressive. Not only because of the remarkable Simon Fitzmaurice and his wonderful view of the world, but also because of his beautiful sentences. Everything he writes is good. I loved reading about his family, about the things he's done in his life and his philosophical thoughts. This book is such a support for people who are struggeling to build a life around their illness. Simon focuses on what he can do and he manages to use that at maximal capacity, which is amazing. I admire this author and his book very much, it's filled with love and hope from beginning to end.

I bought my own copy of this book and purchased a second one to give away.

  I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international. 

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