The Man Who Lost His Language

The Man Who Lost His Language

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Sir John Hale is one of the worlds foremost renaissance historians whose book "The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance" (1993) won The Royal Society of Literature's Heinemann Award and the International Silver Pen. Soon after delivering the second draft of his text, Hale had a stroke that deprived him of the power of speech. His wife Shelia Hale set out to find out what had happened and how John might be brought back to normal as far as possible. This book combines a detailed account of dysphasia and what he can tell us about language with a personal account of John and Shelia's own experiences.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 32mm | 539.77g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 20 b&w photographs and illustrations, notes, bibliography
  • 0140284958
  • 9780140284959

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"When Sheila Hale's husband John suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk, write or speak normally, she embarked on a battle to restore him to normal life. This book shows how she followed every medical trail... and at the same time maintained an extraordinary loving intimacy with him. She tells their joint story with rare intelligence and feeling" Claire Tomalin; "An extraordinary achievement: a moving account of an intimate relationship, and a rigorous investigation into the most up-to-date medical theories and treatments of a mysterious affliction. It raises all kinds of questions about language, communication and the brain. Most remarkable, it's full of jokes and surprises" Anthony Sampson

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About Sheila Hale

Sheila Hale is a distinguished travel writer and journalist and author of guides to Florence and Tuscany, Venice and Verona. She has written for a number of American and British newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books.

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