Caro Llewellyn was living a dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival and even calling Salman Rushdie “boss”. Then one ordinary day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with MS.
But Caro wasn’t a stranger to life’s blows. Her father Richard contracted polio at the age of twenty and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Dignified, and ever resourceful, Caro’s dad was determined to make every day count, not least by seducing his nurse while still confined to an iron lung & then marrying her.
But when Caro was herself blindsided by illness, cast adrift from everything she depended on - she was furious, toxic and humiliated. Cos surprise surprise grace isn’t hereditary – it’s a choice.
Only by reflecting on her father’s extraordinary example, was Caro able to choose courage and find a way forward, rebuilding her life shard by shard.
And if you have any doubt as to the extraordinary calibre of this remarkable human being you’re about to hear, in 2020 Caro was appointed CEO of Wheeler Centre and her incredible memoir, Diving into Glass, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
This is her story…
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Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi Faraday
With thanks to my special guest: Caro LLewellyn
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