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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178219746X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782197461
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We both agree that this is one of the most honest, heartwarming and inspirational books we have ever read. It is the story of an extraordinary human being, Andy Reid' --The Hairy Bikers - Si King and Dave Myers

'Bloody minded courage, awesome love and a story that will move you to tears' --The Daily Mail

'Hero soldier' --The Sun

'Bloody minded courage, awesome love and a story that will move you to tears' --The Daily Mail

'Hero soldier' --The Sun

About the Author

Andy Reid has served for 13 years with 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. He is in rehabilitation after the severe injuries he received while serving in Sangin District, Afghanistan in October 2009. As a result of the explosion he lost both legs and his right arm. He is receiving on going treatment for his left arm, which was also damaged and is now fitted with a metal plate. Andy is currently attached to the Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) Headquarters 42 (North West) Brigade in Preston, which is helping to cultivate future opportunities. He is also involved with The Soldiers Charity, meeting amazing and inspirational people who push themselves to their physical and mental limit to raise much-needed funds. Andy might be a triple amputee but he doesn't let this stop him from living the life he loves. He is currently in training for a 10k challenge.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 30 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
Andy's book is written how it should be. He tells tales of his Army career as if he was sat in a pub talking to a bunch of his Army mates. After 23 years of my Army career i feel i have had it easy compared to this amazing fella. Only downside, pictures of him in his St Helens Rugby League Shirt!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam Marr on 31 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to put into words but a truly amazing story, I never knew I could laugh and cry at the same time! There are no words to describe how I feel after reading this book, truly inspirational
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic account of a young man injured in the war and how he overcame his devastasting injuries. Easy to read, interesting and inspirational.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kazkgb on 3 Feb 2013
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An absolute must read of the true horrors and happiness faced by one soldier who faced a situation that would have made anyone wish to end it all! He shows how the support and importance of family, loved ones and friends can bring you to terms with what you have to face, his hard work and determination shines through to the the end. A true hero and example to us all
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T Bigelow on 4 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover
Corporal William Andrew Reid has taken the time to detail the "How to" guide for those who want to do well in life. He shows through his words the power of positive actions and beliefs. This book should easily be a must read for individual wanting to acheive their goals. At times, it is a brutal reflection on the reality of how life is for those who are dedicated to serving Queen and Country. It is a reminder that the images of row after row of men in uniform marching in parades is not how a number of soldiers return home these days. Andy writes just like he lives, full on!! This book is one of the best buys I have made and I know that you will enjoy it. I callenge you not to be inspired by it, to learn from it, and to be grateful you read it. It is that kind of book. Well Done Andy, well done! Now, if you don't mind I am off to start reading the book again. Hope you enjoy your copy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sazjay on 11 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
I never once felt sorry for Andy in this honest and witty account of his journey and life changing injuries. He writes in a matter of fact way that is both moving and funny but doesn't request sympathy from the reader. Who would fail to be inspired by his attitude and positivity for life and the future? It was interesting to read chapters from the point of view of his wife and cousin too. At no point is anything dressed up or sugar coated nor is it indulgent. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me want to read it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin B on 4 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. I know Andy from the huge amount of work that he and his wife do for ABF The Soldiers Charity, helping other soldiers and their families in need, so know his sense of humour and his modest manner. It is a wonderful book, taking us on the path through Andy's life, telling it how it is in the vernacular and not casting any blame or recriminations. He is determined to go forward not backwards and imparts his real enthusiasm for life, for his wife and family, for his Regiment and the Army in an open and highly readable way. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was very moved by it. What will be the next chapter in the life and times of this inspirational man?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sue hartley on 8 April 2013
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After reading Standing Tall I was both in awe of Andy's bravery and determination to get back to "normal". He is a typical soldier who has been in combat and came back life intact, he is totally selfless. His story should be read by everyone, and he will be an amazing motivational speaker. Stories like this make me feel so humble and so very selfish, my job is safe, my life is safe and it's all because of our armed forces. When I read the parts written by his wife and his cousin, I sobbed all through, so emotional. Andy Reid is a true hero and an aspiration to all.
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