The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless.
But his mind remained as active and alert as it had ever been.
Using his only functioning muscle – his left eyelid – he was determined to tell his remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter.
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly records Bauby’s lonely existence but also the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances.
It one of the most extraordinary books about the triumph of the human spirit ever written.
• ISBN: 9780008329747
• Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
• Publisher: Fourth Estate
• Format: Paperback
• Pages: 144
• Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.2cm