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Behind the Smile Paperback – 9 Jul 1998
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In 1996 a man wielding a machete ran into a primary school playground and began to slash out at the children. Lisa Potts defended the children and received many injuries herself. In this book Lisa tells the full story of that day, and describes the aftermath of the incident, the post-traumatic terrors and the flashbacks. Lisa also discusses what it is like to become famous overnight, and the honour of receiving the George Medal.
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I remember Lisa and this story pretty well as I was at secondary school myself when this happened and so soon after Dunblane too - our school went onto lock down for some weeks after this terrible incident. Lisa really is the most remarkable woman and still is today. Whilst reading the book you can tell it is her words and how she would have spoken them. Very down to earth, humble and stunned to be called a hero!
This book proves that we can all make plans in life but one incident can change and shape the rest of your life and it is how you deal with it that really moulds what comes next. It would have been very easy for Lisa to slip into a form of depression or be traumatised for life but she chose to have a life instead and has fought hard for it too.
I can't wait to meet Lisa in person! I will always be in awe of the woman who threw herself in front of a mad man to protect those children.
So if you want to read a biography, don't waste money on the Victoria Beckham popstar type tomes, full of 'inspiring' false claims of how 'normal' these super rich yet utterly wothless types are. No, buy this tale of a true heroine, and be left with the feeling that you've read something worth reading and relevant.