Matthew Parris


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Thu 3 Oct

Drawing on his BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives, the Times columnist Matthew Parris explores the theory that genius crawls from the wreckage of a fractured childhood. By exploring the lives of eminent historical figures, from Freddie Mercury to Marie Curie, he seeks to locate the pivotal experiences that unlocked their brilliance. Without these early traumas and hardships, the gifts they possessed may have lain dormant – depriving us of some of the most remarkable talents we have ever known. [606]

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