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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (19 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955957
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is easily the most moving book I have read.' --Katherine Whitehorn, journalist and columnist

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Diana Webster is a retired University lecturer and writer, who taught English Language and Literature at Helsinki University. she combined this with working for Finnish radio and TV, and has also written over one hundred textbooks. She has written award-winning radio plays for adults, and had magazine articles published in the UK and the US. She was a lay representative for the Diocese of Europe on the General Synod.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linnet on 16 Dec. 2012
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I could not put this book down! It is, in some ways, just like a 'Thriller' - what is going to happen next? Truly, this is a most remarkable read and I would recommend it to anyone. A climb of 'Everest' proportions it certainly was with enormous obstacles at every turn. It is a story in two halves. The first told by Victoria's mother, Diana and the second by Victoria herself. I found myself feeling very sad at the beginning then, increasingly, very angry with the ignorant prejudices of some of the people they met along the way. It has a marvellous ending with a thought provoking Epilogue.
'So Many Everests' is a wonderful book full of courage, endeavour, determination AND love! It should be a 'prescriptive' read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Dinneen on 31 Dec. 2012
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Loved this book, as a physiotherapist and as a mother of a boy with Cerebral palsy thought it was brilliant, unfortunately it still holds that there are those in the Medical and non- medical world who see the disability first but there are those who beat the odds and show that their is ability in every disability.
Would recommend this to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robaire on 9 May 2014
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I would recommend reading this book - it is an inspiring account of a young woman born with cerebral palsy. Despite the disadvantages she had to overcome, she managed to negotiate the school system and gain a place at medical school - she faced adversity both in compensating for her impairments and in convincing the medical establishment that she could perform as a doctor despite having a neurodevelopmental disability. Her family were very supportive and her mother contributes to the story. Victoria grew up in Finland and undertook part of her education in Sweden. In addition to being a very inspiring account of succeeding in a competitive career and proving those with negative reservations wrong, this story shows how progressive countries like Finland and Sweden that have effective laws to ensure educational inclusion and equality can 'enable' individuals with disability or disadvantage to achieve what they are capable of. There are many lessons to be learned in the UK where the medical school system and higher education do not as yet embrace equality and inclusion and tend to regard disability as a reason to exclude potential students and will not provide equal access nor the accommodations and adjustments that would allow such students to succeed. A wonderfully determined woman who has achieved her dream - this should give encouragement to all and especially anyone who is growing up with a disability.
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By Kat on 5 Oct. 2014
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I loved this book! I first downloaded the Kindle sample, read that, then downloaded the full version of the novel. I like the way the novel is divided into 2 parts: the first is written by Diana, Victoria's mum, and the remainder of the book is written by Victoria herself. I know firsthand the challenges cerebral palsy can bring, as I was born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy as well as hydrocephalus. I am a wheelchair user and have severe eyesight difficulties . I felt like I was traveling with the family and learning more about Sweden and Finland, countries I've never been to myself. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and so I know the dedication involved in learning a new language. Victoria speaks 3: Swedish, Finnish and English (her native language). It was a pleasure to read about her fight to achieve her dreams and her life experiences.
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This is a heroic story, - a story of amazing perseverance and sheer bloodymindednmess. I thought it was very well told though I think I would have preferred to read less of the mother's input. It came across sometimes as though, to an extent, it was the mother who had been the main enabling factor. I feel this somehow detracted from Diana's achievment.
I also was born with a mild degree of cerebral palsy. My mother was ashamed of me. I did not achieve as much as Diana but
did get to a good university, taught in many different countries and have a family. I am 82.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irvine MacNulty on 27 Mar. 2014
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The reason so many less able bodied. Fail is not through lack of trying. But because we are or rd-judged as failures before given chances to promote ourselves.
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I could not put this book down! Victoria Webster's magnificent achievements, together with her mother, Diana's, faith in her and sheer determination that her daughter should have the oppurtunity to succeed in her dream of becoming a doctor, shine out of every page of this inspiring story.
Thought-provoking to read how, even in our modern so-called accepting society, people are still so blinkered and prejudiced about disability.
Thank you Dr Webster and sincere good wishes for your future career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Gabrielle Brumby on 23 May 2013
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A must read a fantastic book and what makes it so much more so is that its real and by the woman herself!
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