It's Not Yet Dark

It's Not Yet Dark Review

In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live.
In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive.
Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent.
Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.

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  • Susanne Strong

    3.25 Stars* (rounded down)“It’s Not Yet Dark” is a memoir written by Simon Fitzmaurice, an Irish Film Maker, who was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neuron Disease a/k/a ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Scler...

  • Esil

    "It's not important you know everything about ALS, about the specifics of the disease, about what it's like to have it. It's only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Rem...

  • Taryn

    It’s only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Remember that and you have everything you need to travel through my country. 3.5 Stars. One month after his film was acc...

  • Caroline

    This was an extraordinary book for me to read. Written by a successful film maker - and a marvellous writer - it was also written by someone almost completely immobilized by motor neurone disease. He ...

  • Justyna

    I have read and am reviewing the Advance Reader's Copy of the book!With his simple yet raw and beautiful prose, Simon Fitzmaurice pens a memoir about his life with ALS that is hard to put down. Fitzma...

  • Aoife Lennon

    This book was a punch in the stomach and a punch in the heart all at once. Devastating, heartbreaking, yet powerful and inspiring. ...

  • Iryna *Book and Sword*

    "I do not eat or drink or walk or talk the way you do. I don’t breathe without a machine helping me day and night. I cannot move my arms or legs. And yet. I’m still man. I’ve lost so much. And y...

  • Anne ?

    It's not Yet Dark is an inspiring memoir by an Irish writer and film director who, at age 34, was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS/Lou Gehrig's) and given a prognosis of 4 years to live. F...

  • Mr Norton

    Simon Fitzmaurice had two of the keystones of a happy life: success in his professional life, love in his personal life. Then he noticed how his foot slapped on the pavement as he walked. Then he got ...

  • mindy

    "We often think we are entitled to a long and fruitful Coca-Cola life. But life is a privilege, not a right. I feel privileged to be alive. That's hope"Guys I don't normally read memoirs. And I defini...