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Girl in the Dark

A Memoir

Anna Lyndsey Hannah Curtis Audible Studios

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01 March 2016
Anna Lyndsey was living a normal life. She enjoyed her job; she was ambitious; she was falling in love. Then the unthinkable happened.

It began with a burning sensation on her face when she was exposed to computer screens and fluorescent lighting. Then the burning spread and the problematic light sources proliferated. Now her extreme sensitivity to light in all forms means she must spend much of her life in total darkness.

During the best times, she can venture cautiously outside at dusk and dawn, avoiding high-strength streetlamps. During the worst, she must spend months in a darkened room, listening to audiobooks, inventing word-games and fighting to keep despair at bay.

Told with great beauty, humour and honesty, Girl in the Dark is the astonishing and uplifting account of Anna's descent into the depths of her extraordinary illness. It is the story of how, through her determination to make her impossible life possible and with the love of those around her, she has managed to find light in even the darkest of places.
By:   Anna Lyndsey
Producer:   Audible Studios
Read by:   Hannah Curtis
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781489029089
ISBN 10:   1489029087
Publication Date:   01 March 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   CD-Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Girl in the Dark: A Memoir

'Bizarre and gripping. It's honesty, bravery and touches of black comedy will be a help to anyone suffering from a chronic illness, as well as to those who - at least for now - are spared. This book about darkness shines with lucid writing and flashes of bold imagination.' -- The Sunday Times 'With black humour, she describes her strategies for living as full a life as possible without becoming an emotional basket-case. In the dying of the light, there is rage but also laughter, love and the hope of progress.' -- The Times 'Girl in the Dark is a stunning debut from Anna Lyndsey about an unimaginably horrible disease.' -- Literary Review 'She began to write about her illness. She wrote haltingly in the complete darkness, in a bound notebook, using her left thumb as a marker to guide her hand ... lyrical, funny and uplifting.' -- The Daily Mail 'In lyrical, melancholy prose, she describes the limits of her days, listening to audiobooks, inventing word games and dreaming of sunshine while clinging onto a slim chance of recovery.' -- The Sunday Express 'An extraordinary memoir of horror, endurance, resourcefulness and despair. It is also a love story - because without her boyfriend (now husband) Pete, it is impossible to see how Lyndsey would have survived. Girl in the Dark is beautifully written. The author's intelligence shines on every page, and her will to survive (despite those black thoughts in her dark room) is inspiring.' -- The Daily Mail

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