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Beautiful: A beautiful girl. An evil man. One inspiring true story of courage

Beautiful: A beautiful girl. An evil man. One inspiring true story of courage [Kindle Edition]

Katie Piper
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"Katie’s account of her experiences is unflinching, but marked with a deeply impressive dignity and courage."--Daily Mail

"Read Beautiful and you will be angered, moved and inspired. Above all, you will be in awe of Katie Piper."--Sunday Express

"[Katie Piper] relives her story, movingly showing us that beauty really is more than skin deep."--Woman

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A harrowing but ultimately inspiring memoir of how one girl's beautiful face and spirit was destroyed after a vicious acid attack

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Katie Piper is a presenter and charity campaigner. In 2008 she survived a rape and acid attack that left her facially disfigured. Her moving, BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 million viewers and shown in more than 15 countries, including ABC in America. Katie founded her own charity to help people living with burns and scars and recently received a prestigious Woman of the Year award.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read, harder to put down. 13 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book in a few hours, and found it harrowing, inspirational and even humorous. Katie tells the story of the events leading up to the attack on her so well that even though you know what happened to her, it's still truly shocking to read. What comes across loudly from the book is Katie's sheer determination not to allow the attack to end her life. She never lapses into self-pity, but is honest about the emotional trauma she suffered and it's effects on her family. Through the work of dedicated surgeons and medical staff, and her own feistiness, she's rebuilt a life for herself a million miles from the one she originally craved. It's a really inspirational read, I shed a few tears and I'm a bloke! In a society obsessed with image Katie Piper makes you re- assess how you look at other people, and this tough, beautiful woman restores your faith in human decency. Highly recommended.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read 21 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Though the title seems to be more suitable for a lady.. I was very interested in Katie's story after watching the devestating documentary aired a couple of years ago. I'm male...

I'm 50% through this book now, and although I've not finished it, I can tell you it is a must-read. The 'Hotel' scene was frightening. You know when you're a grown man and afraid to go to sleep through fear - this book is a good one. Danny and Stefan don't deserve to live.. I hope prison is a nightmare for both of them.

I'm very eager to read the rest of the book, but have already decided to buy it for my girlfriend and recommend it to anyone. We all have problems, and this terrible incident really puts our lives in perspective. Katie has done an amazing job of not giving up after all she lost, and has been through hell. This books goes to show that the exterior is just a mask. Real beauty lies within us.

Well done Katie. x
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational woman 4 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book I have read on my Kindle and I chose it as I think Katie is an amazing woman and she gives me hope for my sons future.

I could not stop reading Katie's book, I have been following all her documentaries and regularly read her website.

This book is written from the heart and made me cry at times but by the end I was filled with awe and an overwhelming feeling that this inspirational woman will truly make a difference in the world.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Bella
I read this book in one day, like others I just couldn't put it down. Katie's writing has such depth, the way she tells her story is incredible as it must have been so hard for her to put her ordeal down on paper. She gives such insight about her experiences and, though I had already watched her documentary, it was truly shocking to learn details of what those evil creatures put her through and the struggle she has had both physically and emotionally to rebuild her life. Her candid descriptions of the nightmares she endured after her attack chilled me to the bone almost as much as the attacks themselves-she has been through an utterly terrifying ordeal and yet has shown such strength and dignity in rebuilding her life and trying to help others. This is a book that shows both the best and worst of human nature-I was sickened at her attackers and the fact that they have shown no remorse and I was saddened to read of some people's crass insensitivity and ignorance during her recovery. Yet Katie herself shines through as a wonderful person, as do her loving family and friends and, above all, her amazing surgeon-his talent, dedication and caring nature are truly inspirational. I think everyone should read this book as it really does show the triumph of the human spirit in the face of evil and adversity. I wish Katie every success in developing the Katie Piper Foundation, she is a beautiful person both inside and out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book by a beautiful person 6 Mar 2011
This book was so humbling to read. Katie writes with amazing candour...she truly is an inspiration to others. Her courage, bravery and determination really shine through her writing. Her style is so selfless...she does not ask for pity but bravely shoulders on after the horrific ordeal she suffers. Her writing at times moved me to tears ...she documents honestly all the trials and treatment which she faces after the attack.

Katie comes across as such a warm individual...I really enjoyed this book and wish her all the best for her future. I could not put this book down. How she has come through her ordeal is a tribute to her spirit and courage. She is truly an amazing individual. x
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 12 Jun 2011
I have watched both of Katie's documentaries, the second of which 'Katie's Beautiful Friends' really touched me. I read this book in one sitting and I still keep thinking about it. Katie fully admits that before the attack she was into her looks and keeping herself slim. When she describes the attack and her subsequent recovery, it is quite harrowing. She had actually swallowed some of the acid when it was thrown at her and this left her with lots of problems where she found it hard to eat and she lost a lot of weight to the point she had to have a feeding tube inserted into her stomach for 8 months. She has endured many operations and has even been told that the strain of the operations on her liver and kidney's will effect her life expectancy. It never seemed that she was saying 'poor me'. Her Surgeon sounds absolutely brilliant and you can feel her love and respect for him throughout the book.
One interesting part for me was that in the documentaries, she has talked about dating again and whether anyone will find her attractive but then in the book, she does mention a boyfriend she had after the attack. I never knew this and she is honest about why she kept him out of the media and I can understand her reasons for why the relationship didn't work. He did sound like a lovely young man though...I hope that she does manage to find love in the future as she states quite often that she would like to be married with children.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Well done Katie, you are truly beautiful, inside and out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful girl evil man
Although I was horrified by what happened to Katy,I was in total awe of her,and I cant wait to read her next book.
Published 2 days ago by heather
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Published 6 days ago by catherine leavold
5.0 out of 5 stars What an inspiring woman
Although not suffering from physical disfiguration I do suffer from depression. Katie's courage has given me hope and I feel far for positive than I have done in
Published 7 days ago by cfd
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book!!!
Amazing book of a lovely women inspiration to others totally amazing! To go through something like that brave women :)
Published 9 days ago by nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Katy
Excellent book wife loves it
Published 10 days ago by Jeff B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book, you will not put it down. A family's courage, strength and determination when faced with such evil.
Published 11 days ago by alison cherrington
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
Great read she's inspirational, honest and a true survivor. I couldn't put this down what a journey she has been on
Published 14 days ago by MARIA CONNERN
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 gold stars?
I read this entire book in 1 sitting with either blurry eyes or tears of pure emotion running down my face! Read more
Published 15 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
What an inspiring courageous person Katie Piper is. Although it is about a dreadful tragedy, and at first I was reluctant to read it. The story and how it is told is mesmerizing. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ruth Welsby
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