I’ve just finished reading: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield


A while ago, friends of ours reserved tickets for us to go and see Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, speak at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Naturally we were all ridiculously excited and he really didn’t disappoint. He had a huge,  crammed conference hall enthralled for 2 hours (and he played Space Oddity which was a huge bonus). We even got to meet him and the kidlet got a new hero,  who signed his book and his top (which had an image of the space shuttle).  It was an afternoon we’ll never forget and if you get the chance to see him,  do.

I wanted to get a lot of half read books out of the way before reading this one,  and I devoured it. I wasn’t happy when I finished it,  I could read a whole lot more.

It’s full to the brim of his life story, his journey to being an astronaut and a whole heap of fascinating anecdotes that give you the merest glimpse of what it takes to be an astronaut. It’s also full of life lessons and really makes you think about the person you are and changes in attitude and thinking you can make to become a better person.

His writing style is so easy and yet lyrical. It leaves you craving more and is a book that can be re read time and time again.

If you have even the merest interest in space, or a curiosity about life in zero gravity,  then read this. This man is a superstar in education and sparking interest and fascination in the world.

It’s a book I can definitely and eagerly recommend. Everyone should read this.

I’d also recommend his countless videos from the ISS on YouTube. Starting with his fabulous version of Space Oddity

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