At 165 pages, It’s Not Yet Dark is a book I read in one short sitting; but it is one that will stay with me forever. Written using an eye-gaze computer, Simon Fitzmaurice’s beautifully authored memoir is told simply and honestly. Sharing moments from his meeting of wife Ruth, the births of their children, and his successful career as a filmmaker, Mr. Fitzmaurice gives us these amazing glimpses into his life leading up to the moments when he realized something was very wrong. When he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease, or Motor Neurone Disease), it threatened to rob him of his career and, most importantly, his life; but Simon wasn’t having it, and the determination and courage he possesses are what transforms this book from heartbreaking to heartwarming. I adore the way he writes about his wife and children, as well as family and friends. It's a beautiful thing when a man can express his love so eloquently and freely.
This is an eye-opening look at an awful disease and the vastly different approaches medical personnel had in treatment as well as non-treatment plans. An absolutely inspiring story about love, determination, and the will to live, It’s Not Yet Dark is a book I wholly recommend to everyone.
Praise for It's Not Yet Dark:
“Beautifully written. Utterly life-affirming.”
“[A] gripping, affecting, sometimes funny read by a natural-born storyteller with something to say about the weight and the value of a life...If you need a story of courage, of heart, of coming back for more, of love and struggle and the power of both, It's Not Yet Dark could be the elusive thing you're after.”
“A beautiful love story - in its essence that's what this is. Survival stories are not about surviving, they're inherently about what makes a survivor push through. A desire to remain in the light of all creation, even as a darkening is taking place. A darkening which happens to us all.”
“Part memoir, part stark document of the way [Simon] and his family have dealt with motor neuron disease, and part fierce celebration of being alive, It's Not Yet Dark is powerful, gripping and compelling.”
—The Irish Times