Never Say Die Paperback – 26 Nov 2009
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About the Author
At the age of fifteen Melanie Davies was involved in a motorcycle accident that left her paralysed from the chest down. Since then her life has never been the same, and in the years that followed she endured a huge amount of pain and suffering.
However, she has also, against all odds, won medals in athletics for her country, raised thousands of pounds for charity and set up her own rehabilitation charity.
Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London and became a full time writer shortly after moving to Cardiff in 1994. She is the author of seven novels.
She is a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio Wales and also writes a popular weekly column for the Western Mail Newspaper's Saturday Magazine.
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Like many teenage girls Melanie was captivated by the excitement of the biking crowd and soon had a biker-boyfriend. Her parents anxiously tried to persuade her otherwise, all to no avail.
A motorcycle crash left the fifteen year old paralysed from the chest down; with no hope of ever using her legs again. She spent months in a spinal injuries unit unable to move. Various operations helped but could not save her from a life confined to a wheelchair.
Melanie's story is incredibly moving though very funny in parts. It is truly an inspirational one, a 'Must' read. I loved it and give it 5 stars.
PS. I first came across this story on authonomy.com before it was published and couldn't wait to read the actual, physical,book.
The authonomy.com site is set up by Harper Collins for up and coming new writers to showcase their manuscripts and for readers to enjoy and comment.
The unvarnished story of spinal paralysis, by turns harrowing then full of laughter.
It answers some of the questions that people are too embarrassed or afraid to ask.
This should give hope to those newly injured and help to educate everyone else.