It’s been a while, so this is going to be a long one.
Book and by default, Person: Jane Hawking and ‘Travelling to Infinity, my life with Stephen’
Pin-pointing a single reason as to why this book captivates me as much as it does is difficult. Following Jane’s transition from Stephen’s innocent love interest to a wife working on her PhD whilst motherhood threw every challenge it possibly could her way, you can’t help but admire the strong, cultured and diligent woman Jane Hawking is. Jane perfectly puts into words the emotions being in love, being a mother and trying to find herself all at the same time evoke – she was determined to define herself outside of these confinements. The Historian in me couldn’t help but appreciate the first section of the novel throughout the course of which we are reminded that in the face of superpower confrontation and the world being at the brink of nuclear war, nothing was certain and the futures of these generations were far from promised. I think no matter what age or gender you are, there is something in this book that you identify with – though a lengthy read, the thought-provoking nature of this story certainly makes it an all-time favourite.