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A Still Life: A Memoir

A Still Life: A Memoir (Hardback)

By George, Josie

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The miracle is, perhaps, that I am still here - that I continue - and that despite all that's come before, I believe my life to be good. That is the truth hidden under all of this: that I am deeply happy to be alive. Josie George lives in a tiny terraced house in the urban West M...idlands with her son. Since her early childhood, she has lived with a debilitating combination of illnesses and disability. Her days are watchful, restricted and often solitary, lived out in the same circumscribed hundred metres around her home. But Josie's world is vibrant, vivid, intricate, dynamic; her small universe teems with wonder, because she has learned what to look for. The patterns of ice on a frozen puddle; the small acts of kindness between her friends at the community centre; the birds in flight at sunset; the slow changes in the morning light, in her small garden, in her growing son. In January 2018, Josie sets out to tell the story of her still life, over the course of a year. As the seasons shift, and the tides of her illness draw in and out, Josie unfurls her history: her childhood bright with promise but shadowed by illness; her painful adolescence and her hopeful coming of age; the struggle of her marriage, and the triumph of motherhood. And then a most unexpected thing happens in Josie's quiet, ordered world: she falls in love. A Still Life is a story of illness and pain that rarely sees the light: illness and pain with no end or resolution; illness and pain that we must meet with courage, ingenuity, imagination and hope. Against a world which values progress and productivity above all else, Josie sets out a quietly radical alternative: to value and treasure life for life itself, with all its great and small miracles.
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ISBN 9781526611970
Released NZ 4 May 2021
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781526611970
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 4 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By George, Josie
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Family & Health
Women's Health
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 823.92
Weight 530g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Chronic pain - Biography - Patients - Great Britain
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade