A brief blog post about time

Just a quick blog post today to say that yesterday I went to see the film The Theory of Everything – the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking.


Its two young stars – Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were exceptionally good.

Theory-of-Everything_612x381Redmayne’s transformation as Hawking’s disease took hold was masterly, but Jones’ steely determination to make the best of their lives together, then later frustrations shone out of the screen too. Both have been nominated for Oscars – my fingers are crossed.

The film was well structured and beautifully shot with a great supporting cast including David Thewlis and Emily Watson amongst a group of other younger actors I am less familiar with.

I took my 14yr old daughter and she was transfixed throughout the whole film too. My eyes did brim with tears at several moments, but did manage to hold them in.


Travelling to InfinityIt so happens, and not coincidentally, that I’m about quarter of the way through reading the new edition of Jane Hawking’s book Travelling to Infinity, which the film is based on.

Jane’s book is quite a chunkster at just under 500 pages, and carries on beyond the film, which stops in 1987 when Stephen was made a Companion of Honour. Originally published in 2007, this new edition published to tie in with the film has been abridged and added to.

I’m enjoying it so far, and can recognise many of the stories within from the film, which although having to compress things seems true to Jane’s life story. I hope the book continues to hold up.

Have you read the book or seen the film?

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Source: Publisher – Thank you.
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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking. Abridged edition pub Dec 2014 by Alma Books, paperback 490 pages.


8 thoughts on “A brief blog post about time

  1. Sounds fascinating Annabel – so I guess you enjoyed the film, then? ;))))) The Hawking story is an intriguing one and one I suspect I would enjoy reading (had I the time at the moment…. !)

    • The book is much more than the film which just concentrates on Jane and Stephen. We also get much more on the children and her own studies in medieval Spanish poetry – not sure yet at 175pp in if that’s a good or bad thing!

  2. The BBC did a wonderful production of a story about Hawkings early life a few years ago. I can’t remember the actor’s name but he was brilliant.

  3. It’s on my “to see” list.

    I just saw Felicity in “The Invisible Woman” (about Charles Dickens and his temporary “mistress”/fan crush). I wasn’t entirely happy with the movie, but it had its powerful moments. And, Felicity is lovely. 🙂 I will admit to having a personal crush on the petite gal.

    Screw the award shows. They’re all such a trumped up mess. It’s all big talk and waste of resources to toss actors around like sports players. It’s a time of excess and not entirely respectful to those involved despite fancy dress and golden statue appearances.

    500 pgs. is a bit steep for such a read. I am amazed I’ve been reading mysteries at 360 pgs. in length. I remember when “A Tale of Two Cities” made me parch.

    • The awards shows do give us a lot of discussion though 🙂 I’m enjoying the book, but as I effectively said above it is Jane’s story, not Stephen’s which is slightly less interesting to me in parts, but still worth reading.

      • What discussion? I am all for discussing the excessive fashions of the red carpet. But, I couldn’t care less about most of the show itself. Occasionally there’s that great acceptance speech that takes you by surprise or some silly moment that gets replayed (nowadays) online as a GIF video clip. But, long has it been since Billy Crystal entertained me with one of his video montages of the movies up for awards (and then some).

        I suspect–even if it was Stephen’s story–it might be written with the hand of another other than Stephen. Or, if he wanted such a story written, maybe he would have written it himself?

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