Fracture: Stories of How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma – Matthew Parris
Matthew Parris is probably now most familiar as the presenter of Great Lives on Radio 4. It is through his work on that programme that he noticed a pattern among the people who were being profiled – that a remarkable proportion had experienced intense suffering at some point. He wondered whether these people had succeeded not only in spite of their backgrounds but maybe even because of them.
In search of an explanation to his thesis in this book he explores the relationship between genius and disaster and profiles various people from Coco Chanel and Rudyard Kipling to Martin Luther King and John Lennon.
Hardback. 292 pages.
14.5cm x 22.3cm x 2.8cm