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Out of the Tunnel Paperback – 1 Aug 2007
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‘In the terror of July 7th Rachel North found her own capacity for courage and discovered that she had extraordinary gifts as a writer, not the least of which is her powerful honestly.’
"In the terror of July 7th Rachel North found her own capacity for courage and discovered that she had extraordinary gifts as a writer, not the least of which is her powerful honestly." Fergal Keane In the early hours of a warm summer night in 2002, Rachel North was viciously attacked and raped in her own home. She was left for deal, but miraculously survived the horrific assault only to battle with severe traumatic shock symptoms in the aftermath. Barely recovered from the ordeal and the trial that saw her attacker finally jailed, Rachel was, by dreadful coincidence, reading a magazine story about her rape when Germaine Lindsay detonated his bomb in her carriage at King's Cross, on 7 July 2005. Informed by her past experience of trauma, Rachel was able to begin the long process of recovery from the horror of that day and used her past experience to help her fellow survivors. She set up a support group, King's Cross United, and found therapy in writing about her thoughts and feelings in the weeks that followed. This book is the result.Out of the Tunnel is the emotional and inspirational story of one woman's incredible experiences, her battle with, and victory over post-traumatic stress disorder first time round, and her remarkable determination to use that experience to bring herself and her co-survivors out of the wreckage of the suicide-bombed underground train.See all Product description
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There was only a couple of pages that brought tears to my eyes but apart from that it is a pure rendition full of gritty honesty about her journey.
I would recommend that everyone read this.
She clearly remembers those traumatic events and has written precious details of the attacker in 2002, how she was injured, the drastic changes of the tube's atmosphere, what she saw after the explosion, how she and fellow passengers walked on the truck, and how prompt and dedicated the underground staff and hospital staff were on 7 July 2005.
It is really upsetting to hear the news channels even BBC 1, the station of which the majority of English speakers believe the gospel of the news channels kept telling something different from what survivors like Rachel North had seen the wreckage cars. With her gifts of writing, she started writing the details of the wreckage cars after the explosion, dreadful scene, etc, and her feelings and thoughts of the media
people who were not telling the truth and submitted blogs. These blogs did not only appeal the British media but also inspired the fellow passengers who were in the car where the bomb detonated.
It is understandable that she was frightened of getting on the tube and needed to take taxi during the part of the commuting journey for a while.
"Out of the tunnel" gives a reader pictures of how incredible experienced affected her life and how she overcame from those events. This is a truly inspirational memoir of one of the survivors of 7 July 2005, and her story should not be disregarded.
I hope Rachel will continue to write in the same generous spirit.
`Before and after 7/7: one woman's extraordinary story'
I have been reading Rachel's blog for years, and in this small way I feel as though I know her - or feel as though I know something of her.
So when I picked up the book I thought it was going to be difficult to write a dispassionate, objective review.
It wasn't, it was very easy.
And this is entirely due to Rachel's relaxed style of writing, her easy narrative and how unafraid she is of facing deeply painful, personal horrors.
The situation surrounding her rape is awful, Rachel's detachment is exemplary.
And then she is caught up in the 7th of July bombings on the London underground.
Rachel details the events and aftershocks of the two cataclysmic events; her rape and physical assault and the aftermath (both medical, investigative and legal) of the event that occurred when a stranger forced his way in to her flat...
And - is if that wasn't enough - the event of and aftermath surrounding her involvement on the King's Cross underground train explosion when it was blown up by Mohamed Siddique Khan on 7/7 (or 7th of July if you speak English rather than American) is very moving.
The author pieces together in a thoughtful, carefully considered manner `who-did-what' (and sometimes `who-didn't-do-what'), and goes six months beyond the bombings to a happier time in her life.
One sad aspect of Rachel's tale lies outside the harrowing scenes.
The horrendously poor quality of life that she and J endure.
There are a number of examples that go to highlight how poor the quality of their work/life balance is, yet this fact is unremarked upon.
I hope Rachel's emergence as an author acts as a catalyst for change in this area.
Out of the Tunnel is a well told story brought to us from a gifted, naturally talented writer.
But occasionally she tries just a little too hard and when she does it shows.
In places the book is in need of a bloody good edit - displaying slight signs of tiredness and being occasionally just a little metaphor-heavy.
However I put these minor niggles down to Rachel's immaturity as a writer; I feel she is so talented that as she grows in to the role she will - as all authors must - become an even better story teller.
But it's a worthwhile read - for the way Rachel deals with the events in her life and for the example she sets in the way she conducts herself (both as a victim of outrage and in the way she deals with governmental attitude).
Out of the Tunnel by Rachel North.
I look forward to reading many more of her works in the future.
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