You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy this book. Even if you have just a passive interest - i.e. watching athletics on TV - you'll be drawn into this young man's story. I certainly became very involved with Stephen's whole project of becoming a disabled athlete - and then going from strength to strength as he gained more success and won more medals. Even the machines are interesting (the throwing frames and how he learned to use them) but most engaging of all is the man himself - his dedication, his feelings in moments of success and setback, his humour and his honesty.
After his Atlanta gold, he is taken by surprise on being given a civic reception and being invited to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. It's only after all this that he 'started to realise...that winning a Paralympic gold medal was a big deal'! He knows he is a good athlete, improving all the time, but success doesn't go to his head - he sees it as a step towards something even better. What carries the reader along isn't only the bare bones of the story of Stephen's training and Paralympic success; it's the feelings and personality of the man himself. It's the experience which he communicates so well. An excellent read.