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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; Main Market Ed. edition (20 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905744145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744145
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Format: Hardcover
This is a simply wonderful book. It is humbling, uplifting, funny and deeply moving, and it contains a message of great, yet quiet power. Gill writes with honesty, humour and courage - and what she says could change the world, if we only hear it.

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.

Recommended.
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I have just finished this book - I read it in one day - I never put it down until I had finished it - I couldn't do so. I have never read a book which has moved me so much and I read it through tears. When I read the part where Gill was in the dark with her horrific injuries I felt as if I was actually there with her and living through it with her. Gill, you are a truly wonderful person and I cannot even try and understand what you endured but I am so glad you wrote this book and shared it with us.

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.
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As I was flicking through the channels on TV,Gill Hicks was interviewd about her book,she was so beautiful,not the movie star kind of beauty,but an inner,spiritual,peaceful beauty.Her book is amazing,so genuine,so moving and inspirational.For someone who in a minute lost so much,amidst the help she got to recover there was no Counselling,PTSD work..etc,she just got through it drawing on her inner strength,the Grace of God,and all the love that she brought about in people around her.Another example of how in the face of adversity,we humans collectively unite,and one man's pain becomes everyone's pain.This book will touch everyone's heart and help us put everyday matters into perspective. Just as Jill's life will never be the same after 7/11,our lives will never be the same after reading her book.
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I enjoyed this book so much even though reading it was quite traumatic at times.
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.
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Wow - what a story! The book tells the story of Gill Hicks, severely injured in the 7/7 bombings and her story of injury, recovery and "life two". Very inspiring and quite harrowing stuff. Very good book, well written and definitely makes you think.

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".
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Amazing read. Powerful account of Gill's survival in the Underground bombings. Absolute MUST READ and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A fast paced page turner and well told. A remarkable women - it could have been anyone - and how she overcame the many horrendous hurdles placed in front of her.
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If ever in your life there is a book that you need to get, it is this one. Against all odds of survival (loss of legs, massive loss of blood, and for all practical purposes... dead), this is an incredibly inspiring story of survival against the terrorist attack on 7/7 that should have claimed her life as well. One Unknown will having you laughing, crying, gasping and wondering, how can a person survive something like this and have such an incredible attitude about it.

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.

God Bless
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A friend lent this to me saying how inspirational it was. I began reading it a few days ago and found myself pulled into the events and the writer's excellent description of what it was like. She set the scene: absorbed by her busy career, a row with her live-in partner the night before, running late...I liked her honesty. Then a vivid description of what it was like when the bomb exploded, of facing death, one inner voice pulling her towards death, the other urging her to live...instinct taking over, her rescue, and good descriptions of her excellent hospital care. As another reviewer said - these factors were instrumental to her survival.

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!
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