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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His books include Becoming Dickens- The Invention of a Novelist, which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and The Story of Alice- Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and The Turning Point- A Year that Changed Dickens and the World. He writes regularly for publications including The Times, Guardian, TLS and Spectator. Radio and television appearances include Start the Week and The Culture Show, and he has also acted as the historical consultant on TV adaptations of Jane Eyre, Emma, Great Expectations, the BBC drama series Dickensian, and the feature film Enola Holmes. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Metamorphosis is the best book I have read about multiple sclerosis, and that is because it is about so much more... It is simply a beautiful piece of writing.
*The Times*

A pitch-perfect memoir: stylish, erudite, touchingly honest and darkly funny.
*Jacqueline Wilson, author of The Story of Tracy Beaker*

An outstanding feat of bravery and brio... A buoyantly written, piercingly perceptive book.
*Sunday Times*

A beautiful and devastating portrayal of a life-changing diagnosis... It is what the best writing should be: a book that will stay with you for life.
*Natalie Haynes, author of A Thousand Ships*

The writing is all elegance and wit.
*The Times, *2023's Top 50 Non-Fiction Books**

An account of living with multiple sclerosis that is both deeply literary and painfully honest as it charts his journey into ill health.
*Financial Times, *Summer Reads of 2023**

Heartening and unexpectedly gripping... An immensely powerful book... It persuasively builds the case for the ability of stories to offer hope and solace; to help us become ourselves, over and over, even in extremis.

Written by an entertaining storyteller and offers a rare insight into a situation that few people will have to face, but that it does us good to contemplate.
*Mail on Sunday*

While this book deals with distress, physical pain and uncertainty, its wry humour and lightness of touch make it anything but a misery memoir... Superb.
*Times Literary Supplement*

Douglas-Fairhurst has written a memoir that is not miserable. It's funny and raw... Magical: pages speed by, fuelled by the author's formidable intellect.
*Financial Times, *Book of the Week**

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