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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrue (26 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007317522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007317523
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the age of fifteen Melanie Davies was involved in a motorcycle accident that left her paralysed from the chest down. Since then her life has never been the same, and in the years that followed she endured a huge amount of pain and suffering.

However, she has also, against all odds, won medals in athletics for her country, raised thousands of pounds for charity and set up her own rehabilitation charity.

Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London and became a full time writer shortly after moving to Cardiff in 1994. She is the author of seven novels.

She is a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio Wales and also writes a popular weekly column for the Western Mail Newspaper's Saturday Magazine.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karen D. Warwick on 19 Dec. 2009
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There aren't many books that keep me reading half the night but this was one of them.
I get the feeling that whatever path Melanie Davies' life took it would have been interesting as she comes over as sociable, go-getting and loves a bit of glamour.
A motorbike accident in her teens confines her to a wheelchair but her determination to overcome the many health problems that followed would put anyone complaining about minor ailments to shame (myself included!). But this is no sob story, Melanie is a person who, like most of us wants to achieve something good in her life and maybe one day, fall in love.
She manages both, including achievements in sport and associations with the film world to being with the wrong and finally the right man. I felt her moments of frustration and lost confidence to happiness and self-belief, peppered with a good sprinkling of down-to-earth humour.
Towards the end of the book she marries the man who has been there since her accident all those years ago, and sets up her charity TREAT that will make a difference to others who might find themselves as she did - an ordinary person in an extraordinary and shocking situation. It left me feeling - how would I have done?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Jan. 2010
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A well written true life story of courage, it's heart breaking, funny, absolutely enthralling. Just couldn't put it down went to sleep at 04:30 completely exhausted. Deserves 6 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 26 Jan. 2011
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This book will leave you wanting to know more about this incredible woman. Melanie describes, how following a motorbike accident at the age of 15 which left her paralysed from the chest down, she has strived to enjoy every aspect of her life.

You will feel as though you are by her side as she tells of her first few months after the accident and of her first meeting with the consultant (later to become her husband) who carried out surgery on her on the day of her accident.

Melanie will have you laughing out loud as she talks of her time as an "athlete" and you will be moved by her heartwarming experiences on holiday in Gambia. There are a few tears along the way as Melanie's health gives her some scares but overall, this is a story of LOVE, love for her family, love for her friends, love for her husband and most of all, love of her life! Fantastic, I couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 2 April 2010
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This is a well written story. It is written in the first person and is an explicit account of the trials faced by a bright lively teenager who becomes a paraplegic.The story takes one through the teen age years to the mature adult.It is frank and honest and describes well the difficulties faced by Mrs Davies in her attempts to take control of her life and achieve independence. There are many tragic events in her life but also many humorous ones. It made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. It also made me clench my fists at the many indignities forced on her because of her disability. One thing that is missing from the book however is whining.Although there are long descriptive passages they are so well written that the story is not slow moving. The aims and concept of the TREAT TRUSTare well documented but in no way canvasses support. MRS Davies states in the epilogue "If it (the book) goes anyway towards helping those struggling with life as a paraplegic, then it will have done a valuable job". I think it will certainly do that but I also thing it should be compulsory reading for students of medicine, nursing,physiotherapy and social work. The contents of the book demonstrate a real need for it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josephine S on 11 Dec. 2010
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At just fifteen years of age Melanie was the victim of an horrific accident. Willowy and beautiful with that,charming, Welsh sense of fun she had the potential to be a model in the world of fashion.
Like many teenage girls Melanie was captivated by the excitement of the biking crowd and soon had a biker-boyfriend. Her parents anxiously tried to persuade her otherwise, all to no avail.
A motorcycle crash left the fifteen year old paralysed from the chest down; with no hope of ever using her legs again. She spent months in a spinal injuries unit unable to move. Various operations helped but could not save her from a life confined to a wheelchair.
Melanie's story is incredibly moving though very funny in parts. It is truly an inspirational one, a 'Must' read. I loved it and give it 5 stars.

PS. I first came across this story on authonomy.com before it was published and couldn't wait to read the actual, physical,book.

The authonomy.com site is set up by Harper Collins for up and coming new writers to showcase their manuscripts and for readers to enjoy and comment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Morgan on 11 Oct. 2011
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I bought this book having heard Melanie speak at an event that I was attending where she was accredited as the inspirational speaker for the day..and she was, so my expectations for the book were set at a high level and I was definitely not disappointed. The story....no, the reality...its no story.. of what Mel tells us about her life is nothing more than an education for the vast majority of us who can never imagine what life would be like had we had the experiences that life has thrown at her. The way in which the book is written I could just hear Mel speaking as I read the written word - I couldn't put it down. The way she uses her unique sense of humour lighten moments that for me I couldn't imagine possible; I just couldn't put it down. The way in which she, and Mike, the love of her life have turned so many of their life experiences into positives is nothing short of inspirational and leaves me feeling that there is definitely more that I can do. I will always do whatever I can to support TREAT Trust Wales in becoming the reality that they are both working so hard to achieve.
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