One Unknown: A powerful account of survival and one woman's inspirational journey to a new life Paperback – 20 Jun 2008
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This inspirational memoir by Gill Hicks, a survivor of the London bombings, is a moving, honest account of survival and conveys a clear message about just how precious life really is
About the Author
Gill Hicks survived the London bombings in July 2005. Since that event her life and profession have changed direction and she is now a passionate advocate of inter-community relationships and of peace worldwide and is ambassador for the charity Peace Direct. Gill has appeared on a wide range of TV and radio programmes in the UK, Australia and US and has also written for newspapers and magazines. A native Australian, Gill has lived in the UK for 10 year and currently resides in north London with her husband, Joe Kerr.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unrecognisable on arrival in hospital, having lost 80% of her blood, and both legs from the knee down, plucked from the devastated carnage of carriage one, where 26 innocents died and hundreds were injured by a teenage suicide bomber on 7/7, Gill Hicks was 'One Unknown', a broken body - a stranger - barely human. Her fight to reclaim 'Gill' and come back into herself is told with great grace, and her decision to dedicate herself to peace in 'Life Two' has a resonance that will stir your soul like great music.
Gill, thank you for this witness to the power of our human spirit. And your words are a tribute to the instinctive care and compassion shown on 7 July, by strangers, to strangers. The actions of so many who hurried to help are laid in the balance against the actions of the terrorists. And the message is: love is stronger than hate, always.
This is not a 'misery memoir'. This is a shining story of hope, and love, and courage.
All the very best for the future if you are reading this, Gill. If I could have given this book 10 stars even that wouldn't have been enough.
If I felt like that, imagine what those caught up in this dreadful terrorist attack must have felt like.
It was very moving to hear Gill talk so openly about her life, the attack and her rehabilitation. She is an inspirational lady who has a lovely family.
It was touching to hear she had been reunited with all those involved in her rescue that awful day.
I am so pleased I bought this book and would recommend it as a very good read.
Gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars, as I did love it but there were points I thought some of the passages were "flowery".
Try as they may, after this story NO ONE will ever convince me that there are not Angels. Angels who volunteered to help that terrible day, Angels who addressed medical needs, and yes, Angels from God. Take some advice here as you will not be disappointed - get this book and also The Convention written by Travis. There are some very negative reviews on it, but I recommend you place your trust in the positive reviews. You'll understand after you read it exactly why the negative reviews are there, and why I recommend it with this book.
I have not quite finished the book and this is because I was gritting my teeth, struggling to read on, desperate to get it read and returned to the lender. I decided to see what other Amazon readers thought and if they were experiencing the same problems, but I am not surprised to find nearly overwhelmingly uncritical praise. I am grateful for the one "critical" review, whose comments I agree with. I looked on Goodreads and thankfully, at least one reviewer's experience mirrors my own. That is - the first half of the book is quite strong and absorbing. The second half is somewhat weak, over-emotional and sugary. I disliked her referring to herself in the third person, no matter how innocently done, as it gives an impression of egotism. She is the centre, and others dance attendance around her and they all love her and she them, unconditionally and forever, be they ambulance service staff, taxi drivers or strangers, and it is all wonderful, and this goes on for pages and pages and pages.
I understand why she should feel so glad and grateful to be alive, so full of love herself but as a book, it became all too much and lost its drive and indeed, inspiration.
It is a shame, as the first half is excellent. I wish her well, but as a book - a little too much sugar for my taste. Sorry!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What happened to this lady is a terrible sin but have to say by end of book I really didnt like her. Watched her on youtube and liked her even less.Published 6 months ago by Rebecca de Winter
Such an inspirational lady and a brilliant read from a brutally honest book.Published 12 months ago by Charlie Brown
What a truly inspiring story of Gill Hicks, the survivor of the London bombings. She lost both her legs below the knees. It's a must read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.Published on 10 April 2014 by Cal
Gill is an incredibly outstanding woman and this book portrays her ability to overcome a dreadful near death experience in the 7 July 2005 London underground train bomb. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Bill.Mac
A really interesting insight into what it was like to be involved in a news story that defined the decade for London. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by Laura Bourne
This again is not going to be as popular review.
I felt as though I must love this book but by the second half of the book I really didn't
There is absolutely no doubt... Read more
This woman is a true inspiration. I think about her experience when I'm having a bad day. It's an excellent book. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2012 by andsotobed