Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School
Jane Hawking, Ph.D. is an English author and educator. She is the ex-wife of Stephen Hawking and the author of the autobiography Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.
She and Stephen met through mutual college friends at a party in the early 1960s and married in 1965, despite Stephen’s diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Jane and her husband separated in 1990, and divorced five years later. In 1999 Jane wrote an autobiography about her first marriage, Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen.
Jane once stated, “The truth was, there were four partners in our marriage. Stephen and me, motor neurone disease and physics. If you took out motor neurone disease, you are still left with physics”.
Jane and her first husband established a working relationship following his separation and divorce from his second wife. In 2007, an updated version of the autobiography was re-published under the title Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, and was subsequently made into the award-winning film The Theory of Everything. It was nominated for five Oscars, four Golden Globes and ten BAFTAs; the film grossed £77 million worldwide.
Silent Music, written in 2016, is Jane’s latest book. It is a coming-of-age novel about the unpredictable nature of human behaviour and about taking control of one’s destiny; it is a timeless portrait of post-war Britain, as well as a lyrical paean to hope and aspiration.
Jane now resides with her second husband, musician Jonathan Hellyer Jones in England.
This will be a fascinating chance to hear Jane speaking about her life with Stephen, her thoughts about the film, The Theory of Everything and she will also talk about her latest book, Silent Music.
Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 21st January, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.
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