Richard Bach has returned to his famous inspirational novella “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” as he recovers from a near-fatal plane crash in Washington state.
The 76-year-old author told The Seattle Times that the book originally had four parts — not the three that were published in 1970 in what became an international best-seller. But after four months in a Seattle hospital with brain, chest and spine injuries, Bach finished the fourth part and sent it off to his publisher a few weeks ago.
In the new section, the flock struggles to find meaning. They first worship Jonathan, then write him off as a myth as years pass before his return.
He credits his wife, Sabryna Bach, 42, with supporting and inspiring him during his recovery. They live on Orcas Island.
Bach was piloting a single-engine aircraft that clipped power lines and crashed on San Juan Island last August.
Bach remained in a coma for more than a week. Brain injuries affected his ability to walk, speak and perform the most basic of tasks. Until last month, Bach shuttled between the hospital and a nearby recovery center.
Work on the book has given Bach the confidence to get his recovery on track, his wife said.