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Life on the Edge - The true story of the hero who saved the lives of twenty-nine people at Beachy Head by [Lane, Keith]
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Life on the Edge - The true story of the hero who saved the lives of twenty-nine people at Beachy Head Kindle Edition

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Following his wife Maggie's death at Beachy Head, Keith Lane patrolled the infamous clifftops for over three years, persuading people not to take their own lives. He was awarded a Royal Humane Society award in September 2004 for his bravery after he prevented a woman jumping. Since Maggie's death he has remarried and he lives with his wife, Val, in Eastbourne. Keith has two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; Reprint edition (5 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KSK0LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a truly inspiring book this was. I really enjoyed reading it even though I feared for the person who was wanting to go over the edge. To give so much help, support and talk about such private things to help those people is a wonderful thing and he didn't deserve the abuse he received from the chaplain's who also patrol. Through his experience of his wife's death, he realised what it was to suffer such utter dispair. I don't think anyone has the right to tell him otherwise.
Having visited Eastbourne and Beachy Head last year, it is such a beautiful place but very scary when you are at the very top. I was petrified and couldn't wait to get back down to the car park.
It just proves to me what a very brave man Keith was to do what he did for so long. Also getting get up at 4.30 every day to patrol free of charge and at least try and prevent someone taking their life whilst putting himself in such serious danger.
Well done Keith, Maggie would be so proud of you.I hope you and Val have a long happy healthy life together, you deserve it.
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Growing up in Eastbourne I was always very aware of Beachy Heads suicide reputation. I would often hear stories of someone who got too close and slipped, was not aware the edge was there and fell, of dogs running over in error and of course the many suicidal people. Beachy Head on a clear sunny day can be an amazing and wonderous place, but the flip side is, in certain other conditions can be bleak, dank and even sinister.
Keith's story is one of strength, great courage and some might say madness ( in the danger he would put himself in in order to save a life ) but all in all, it was done with the best possible intentions.
The problems he encountered over health and safety and with various people and authorities were disgusting. At the end of the day, he was just an ordinary guy trying to make a difference but coming under increasing fire from certain people. It should not matter who saves a life, as long as a life gets saved!
He takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster of a ride of his good days, but also through the depths of his many dark hours. His way of dealing with grief was to do something positive, but in doing so almost drove him to the same plight of those he tried to save.
For anyone who has lost someone through suicide or has thought about it for themselves, you should read this book to give you a greater insight into what makes people get to that stage.
You realise with the majority of the people who end up on the edge, just a wake up call of the right words can be enough to get their lives back on track.
A heartwarming insight into the humanity of Keith Lane.
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Find it quite disturbing - to think that so much distress exists - never realised so many people jumped at Beachy Head, let alone how often - made me feel slightly sick....one of those books you can't stop reading but then have nightmares about...tidy and well written, writer's feelings come through clear and true...heartbreaking in one sense yet lifts the heart in another - to think that someone is prepared to overcome the odds he has to save lives....well done you, I'm proud of you...maybe you have a good and lucky life...thanks from every human being for the good work that you do...you're a brave man, you.....Squirrel 59 - Tu 20.1.15
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Having lost a dear friend who actually succeeded in commiting suicide as this very spot, I heartily advocate and admire the work that this man did and the many lives that he actually saved. Not always appreciated by the 'authorised' patrol at Beachy Head he nevertheless was an extremely valuable member of society who gave up a great deal of his time to saving lives. A worthy read, a wonderful man who deserves the heartfelt thanks of the many relatives of those whose lives he saved.
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This book was so well written, I felt like I was talking to Keith himself.
He is a remarkable man who despite his own personal loss reached out to other;s in despair.

All the best to keith.
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