A Passion for Living
By Alexander Stobbs
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.
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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01 Apr 2010
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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