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From Light to Dark: The Story of Blind Dave Heeley Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Feb 2016
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"INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK. Dave Heeley is the only blind man to complete the seven marathons on seven continents in seven days challenge. Now he's learning to swim for the Escape From Alcatraz race held in San Francisco - a mile-and-a-half swim, 18-mile cycle ride and an eight-mile run." --Sunday Mirror
"BLIND FUNDRAISING STAR TELLS STORY. 'The reception I've had has been absolutely unbelievable and I can't believe all this fuss is over me.' Those were the words of fundraiser Blind Dave Heeley after the launch of his book at Waterstones on Birmingham's High Street. Hundreds of people turned up to meet the man from West Bromwich." --Express & Star
"There is a lazy assumption that blind people are content to be defined by their condition, and quickly adapt to its demands - not so, it seems. The book also paints ultra-endurance athletics as a dirty, brutal business. Throughout all these hardships, however, Heeley never loses his down-to-earth perspective on life. An ordinary man doing extraordinary things." --Racing Post
"Just listening to Dave Heeley on Radio 5. What a top man and absolute inspiration!" --West Brom & England goalie @BenFoster
"Seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Blind Dave Heeley is something of a man marvel and his 2008 accomplishment was arguably his finest record to date. It's far from a misery memoir - if anything it's an uplifting tale of one man's bloody determination to accomplish the seemingly impossible." --Gloucestershire Echo
"I today chatted at length to the most inspirational guy that I have ever met. He gave a short but very humorous account of his new book. This charismatic guy has unbelievable courage and commitment to everything that he attempts. I was mesmerized as he recalled in detail some of his achievements and hung on every word like a schoolboy listening to his favourite teacher." --Author Mike Bowden
"A local celebrity visited a Solihull opticians on World Book Day to carry out book signings. His amazing story. 'What better way to mark World Book Day than with such a phenomenal local hero, who's now on track to become a top author,' says Brad Parkes, store director Specsavers Solihull." --Solihill Observer
"Former Banbury writer helps pen Blind Dave's memoirs. The incredible story of the 58-year-old who despite his condition, has gone on to complete 13 London Marathons, was an Olympic torchbearer in 2012 and is currently the only blind man to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents." --Banbury Guardian
"An inspirational account of how the author coped with losing his sight at a young age. It could be used by nurses to help those who are blind, or who are going blind, to realise that they can still lead a fulfilling life. This inspiring tale would be a great addition to any library. " --Royal College of Nursing RCNi Journal
"Listening to Blind Dave Heeley on talkSPORT talking about his next adventure and the WBA Foundation. What an absolute inspiration." --Inside Albion, independent WBA fan site
About the Author
'Blind' Dave Heeley is a motivational speaker, charity fundraiser, runner and cyclist. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton, a Prime Minister's Point of Light Award, and the Freedom of the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell. Writer, Sophie Parkes, joined Dave in the writing of this book. Sophie is the author of Wayward Daughter, a biography of musician Eliza Carthy, and is usually found contributing to the music press. She lives in Manchester with her husband.
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Reading about Dave’s challenges, including running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, (becoming the only blind person in history to do so), is motivational stuff – especially with me attempting Tough Mudder in 2 months time. I’d definitely recommend it if you want a book that leaves you feeling amazed and inspired by the end – you won’t be disappointed.
Having known Dave for years this. is his record of his life, its worth anyone investing in it and will give them a really
good read, its one of the best books I have ever read. It made me feel its wonderful to know him. Best of luck for his future ventures
which I am sure there will be.