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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I get the feeling that whatever path Melanie Davies' life took it would have been interesting as she comes over as sociable, go-getting and loves a bit of glamour.
A motorbike accident in her teens confines her to a wheelchair but her determination to overcome the many health problems that followed would put anyone complaining about minor ailments to shame (myself included!). But this is no sob story, Melanie is a person who, like most of us wants to achieve something good in her life and maybe one day, fall in love.
She manages both, including achievements in sport and associations with the film world to being with the wrong and finally the right man. I felt her moments of frustration and lost confidence to happiness and self-belief, peppered with a good sprinkling of down-to-earth humour.
Towards the end of the book she marries the man who has been there since her accident all those years ago, and sets up her charity TREAT that will make a difference to others who might find themselves as she did - an ordinary person in an extraordinary and shocking situation. It left me feeling - how would I have done?
You will feel as though you are by her side as she tells of her first few months after the accident and of her first meeting with the consultant (later to become her husband) who carried out surgery on her on the day of her accident.
Melanie will have you laughing out loud as she talks of her time as an "athlete" and you will be moved by her heartwarming experiences on holiday in Gambia. There are a few tears along the way as Melanie's health gives her some scares but overall, this is a story of LOVE, love for her family, love for her friends, love for her husband and most of all, love of her life! Fantastic, I couldn't put it down.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enthralling and compulsive read. Melanie takes us from the tragic accident that changed her from a happy teenager on the cusp of adulthood, to being tragically disabled in a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sandy
This book was written by a lifelong friend of mine it's a story of how one young girl fought back from a lifechanging accident - it's not self pitying, it's raw, it's honest and in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shellwin
A gripping and inspirational true story from begining to end. I couldn't put this one down, and that is rare for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MCK
I'm biased - I'm in some of it.
The unvarnished story of spinal paralysis, by turns harrowing then full of laughter. Read more
I got this on my Kindle to read while my husband and I toured Normandy on our motorbikes (odd book for the event I know and no I didn't read while riding!). Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2014 by Carol
having only read half so far, a very moving story from an area i know wellPublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by richard bennett