13 September 2018, The Tablet

The book of Jobs

The book of Jobs

It would have been easy for Steve Jobs’ (pictured) daughter Lisa to have written a memoir portraying her father as a monster. Easy – and even predictable, given that he was regarded, in his and Apple’s heyday, as not just a computer genius but a visionary, almost a cult leader, who brought the digital revolution to the desks and pockets of the world. How likely was it that such a man would have normal paternal habits or feelings?

As this beautifully written and psychologic­ally acute book shows, Jobs’ behaviour towards his eldest child and her mother, Chrisann, his high-school sweetheart (they never married), was often monstrous. But though she does not spare him, Lisa is not out to punish her father. She writes simply and factually as the child and adolescent she was. She does not need to be judgemental. The story speaks for itself.

Get Instant Access

Continue Reading

Register for free to read this article in full

Subscribe for unlimited access

From just £19.99 quarterly

  Complete access to all Tablet website content including all premium content.
  The full weekly edition in print and digital including our 179 years archive.
  PDF version to view on iPad, iPhone or computer.

Already a subscriber? Login