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    • ISBN:9781848945647
    • Publication date:17 Sep 2009

A Passion for Living

By Alexander Stobbs

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The inspiring and life-enhancing memoir of the nineteen-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer who was the subject of two highly-praised Channel 4 documentaries: A Boy Called Alex in 2008 and A Passion for Life in 2009.

Alex Stobbs is determined to make every day count. Despite suffering from cystic fibrosis and enduring a gruelling regime of drugs and treatment, he has already achieved more in his nineteen years than many do in a lifetime. A musical prodigy, he was the subject of the Bafta-nominated documentary, A Boy Called Alex, and millions watched as he achieved his dream - to conduct the Bach Magnificat.Now at university, Alex is preparing for his next challenge: to conduct the three-hour-long St Matthew Passion. Struggling to balance university life with the demands of constant rehearsals, and hospitalised in the last few weeks before the performance, Alex remains determined to pull off the greatest performance of his life. Introduced by his mother, Suzanne, this is a memoir of remarkable humour and energy, which shows that it is not Alex's illness that makes him extraordinary, but his determination to achieve his dreams in spite of it.

Biographical Notes

Alex was a music scholar at Eton College and took his A levels in 2008. He is now a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he is reading music. He lives with his family in Kent and this is his first book.

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  • ISBN: 9780340978535
  • Publication date: 01 Apr 2010
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
PRAISE FOR THE DOCUMENTARY A BOY CALLED ALEX — :
[Alex] was vastly intelligent, perpetually good-humoured, at no point lapsing into either self-pity or fatalism . . . I would guess Alex's cheerfulness was a quite conscious piece of defiance. — Independent
Alex's final thumbs-up as he took his curtain call - expressed the sheer exhilarating joy in being alive. — Times Online

Alexander Stobbs

Alex was a music scholar at Eton College and took his A levels in 2008. He is now a choral scholar at King`s College, Cambridge, where he is reading music. He lives with his family in Kent and this is his first book.

Anne Boston

Anne Boston has written and edited for various publications including Nova, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times, New Society and Country Living. Her anthology Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War was published in 1988.

Anthony Everitt

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Barney Bardsley

Barney Elizabeth Bardsley took a degree in languages at Hull University in 1979. Throughout the 1980s she worked in London as a freelance arts journalist, and for two years was books and arts editor for the Tribune newspaper. Her first book, Flowers in Hell, about women and crime, was published by Pandora Press in 1986. She then trained in T`ai Chi, and as a dancer and taught movement skills to actors in London and Hungary. From 1994 to 2004 she looked after her husband Tim, during his long struggle with cancer. She now lives in Leeds - with her daughter, Molly, and dog, Muffin - teaches T`ai Chi and writes. All her spare time is devoted to her unruly garden and allotment.

Bernard Hare

Bernard Hare was born in 1958 into a Leeds mining family. He was educated at grammar school and after gaining a BA in Applied Social Sciences at Hatfield Polytechnic, he became a social worker. Dillusioned with the system following the miners' strike of 1984, he dropped out, working occasionally as a removal man. He now writes, plays chess, and works in community arts - he has edited Reflections, a collection of pieces by the creative writing class at East Leeds Family Learning Centre, and Flatlands, an anthology of writing and a CD of music by local people, organised by the Flatlands Community Arts Group which Bernard co-founded.

Bernie Nolan

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Brian Beacom

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Carol Mcgiffin

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Colm O'gorman

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The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was brought up in Oxfordshire. In 1950 her husband Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited estates in Yorkshire and Ireland, as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine and housekeeper of one of England's greatest and best-loved houses. Following her husband's death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate. She died in 2014.

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Francesca Ambrogetti

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Franny Moyle

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Halima Bashir

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