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You Can't Take it with You [Paperback]

Jane Tomlinson , Mike Tomlinson
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2 April 2007
Jane and Mike Tomlinson have raised over 1.4 million for charity. In YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, the Tomlinsons explain how they achieved that incredible goal, and why Jane, who has a terminal cancer diagnosis, chose to put her long-suffering body through such difficult experiences. The book takes us from Jane and her brother Luke's cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End with Jane stopping twice for chemotherapy en route, on to her incredible ride with Luke from Rome to Leeds and then out to Florida for the full Ironman triathlon. This last challenge is almost inconceivable to the average person involving as it does a 2.5-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and then a full marathon run. Battling severe pain, Jane completed the course in 15 hours and 48 minutes. In summer 2006 Jane cycled from San Francisco to New York, an epic 6,700-kilometre journey that took her to breathtaking altitudes and through searing heat. But Jane's ultimate goals are rather more straight-forward. She would simply like to live long enough to see her daughters and young son grow towards independence and to experience every day to its utmost.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416511369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416511366
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome...... 30 Jun 2007
By Jules
The story of not just one incredibly brave person but a family of five brave people.

This is written in such a lovely readable way. It's almost as though you were chatting over dinner with Jane and Mike and each were giving you their recollections of the period covered in the book when Jane completed a triathlon, a marathon, the Rome to Home ride, the Florida Ironman and then that unbelievable ride across America.

You can see what an incredible team they make. Mike seemed to know that to motivate her and perhaps almost to keep her alive the challenges that Jane was contuinually set should be inspiring. However each came at a price - real risks to her already frail health and time away from her family. Yet what is absolutely clear is that this whole family is as one -united in their goal to keep Jane around for as long as they can in whatever way they can.

I found myself crying at points where Jane described the sheer agony of the pain she was suffering and yet she still had the courage and the bloody-mindedness to keep going to finish each enormous challenge. I found myself crying again when Jane achieved each new goal she set herself - like reaching the top of Ventoux. And then laughing at the way that both Jane and Mike, through their individual recollections, paint a picture of an utterly normal adult relationship. Despite their unenviable circumstances, they argue and frustrate each other like any other married couple I know! There's also laughter to be had in the way that Mike particularly describes their relationship with their kids, especially their two teenage daughters!

If you want a book that stops you feeling sorry for yourself after a bad week at work, one that makes you get out there and just enjoy every day or one that inspires you to attempt the impossible- then this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, although sad 15 Mar 2009
Jane & Mike's experiences are the thing of dreams - elements of the very good and the very very bad. This is nicely written, unsentimental, gritty in places, never self-pitying. Since reading this book, and in the last six months I have lost three friends, in their early to mid-forties, all with children, to various forms of cancer, and I think Jane's story helped me help them. Not to tell them that they should do X or Y that Jane did, as we're all different, but rather having someone there - just there, to lean on, shout at, cry with - and understanding that each person's way of dealing with cancer is unique to them - this was the thing that mattered most. I would recommend this to everyone to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational stuff 28 Jan 2011
Excellent book which pulls no punches, It gives the full story with all the pain and hardship warts n all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional. 18 Feb 2014
By Robson
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What a strong woman Jane was.
Very funny at times when her and hubby argued.
A bitter and sweet read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS READ 18 Dec 2007
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