FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Running Free: Breaking Ou... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK. Your order will be picked, packed and dispatched by Amazon. Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Running Free: Breaking Out from Locked-in Syndrome Paperback – 18 May 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£1.73 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.99 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • Running Free: Breaking Out from Locked-in Syndrome
  • +
  • Gonna Fly Now!: Locked-in Laughter Unleashed: Funny Tales from a Stroke Survivor
Total price: £17.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (18 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908006641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908006646
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

One of the most moving and inspirational books I've ever read about a remarkable woman. --Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner

When this book arrived in the Lovereading office it was snapped up over 4 consecutive days by 4 different people. Each reader was moved to both tears and laughter and read it virtually in a sitting. Running Free is a moving and inspirational story of survival that celebrates life, friendship and sheer bloody-mindedness. Please do read it --Love Reading

About the Author

Kate Allatt is a 40-year-old mother of three and a keen fell runner. She lives in Sheffield with her husband Mark and three children India, 11, Harvey, 10 and Woody, six. Before her stroke she ran her own digital marketing company and was preparing an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a well-written, raw book about what it is really, really like to suffer such a shocking and debilitating illness - and the bloody-mindedness needed to recover from it. Kate is in many ways a walking miracle except that she got quite offended when a consultant dared to mention divine intervention!

So why the low rating? I agree with another reviewer that she gives no credit to the medical staff involved in her care and recovery. Her attitude towards her husband is astonishing - he was at her side day and night and trying to hold it all together and yet she seems continually critical of him, even after recovery and throughout her marriage. I guess some men like to be constantly bossed around and derided! Her friends and both sets of parents are amazing - looking after the three badly-behaved kids for months on end must have been totally draining. I wonder where the kids they get their attitude?!

I see another reviewer has written about how his wife was one of those working 12 hours a day to first save Kate's life and then rehabilitate her, and how selfish and ungrateful she was.

So - she'd probably give me a "row" for daring to say all this. I hope one day she will realise the world doesn't and didn't revolve around her and to be kinder and more appreciative , but I do still admire her tenacity and courage
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kate came to talk to the Royal College of General Practitioner conference in March this year. She stood in front of over 2000 GP's and told her story, she shared the lessons learned for health care professionals. Kate was funny, candid, blunt and truely inspirational. Her talk had a profound impact on the audience, you could hear a pin drop, after she received a standing ovation.
I started reading running free straight away, as a fellow runner and mum, I identified with Kate. She wrights with honesty, a harrowing account of the lows and highs. Most important,y she shares many valuable lessons for survivors, family and friends and healthcare professionals.
I shall be using her story to teach the GPs and students I train about the importance of positivity, communication, and patient intuition
Thank you Kate
Dr Janey Merron
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read A LOT of these books and had great hopes for this book and this story. I have been in the healthcare profession for 30 years and as a genuinely decent and caring person I always want to empathise, understand and help as much as I possibly can with anyone I work with, so always want the perspective of the people that can tell it exactly as it is.
HOWEVER......
This book made me feel anger. Real anger.She comes across as a totally self centred, unfeeling, unkind, ignorant and greedy woman.
Some of the things she does that she then blames on her condition ( Donkey braying with laughter at her best friends fathers funeral) is absolutely UNFORGIVEABLE and just one example of her cold attitude.
I would have thrown her ass out of there if it were me and she would no longer be my best mate that is for sure.
She doesn't come across as a kind person either before, during or after this event happened to her.
No one could convince me otherwise.
Truly hated this book.
The part towards the end regarding her "fans" is puke worthy and one of these people, on the way to her mums funeral writes to Kate - "Reading your story put it all in perspective".
SPLUTTER!!!!!!!!!....................................WHAT???????
How much worse does it get than losing your beloved Mum or Dad and being on the way to their funeral??!!
I would have been ashamed to put that in this book, but then I am NOTHING like Miss Allatt and she seems to thrive on attention, no matter how she gets it.
I have requested my money back. This is going in the bin.
HATED IT!
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Jelima on 13 Oct. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's tricky to review this one. I have little knowledge on the subjects covered, but my gut instinct tells me that nurses, OT's and physio's have a lot more to with recovery than she really gives credit for. It seems quite self indulgent. If she hadn't been determined, then she wouldn't have recovered. There's probably some truth in it. No doubt she has done amazingly but I just found her completely unlikable.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Inspirational
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A fantastic read, the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I don't think kate gave the NHS the credit it deserves. Nurses have many patients to deal with and are spread very thin.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
oh my gosh... An utterly brilliant book.. I felt as if I was there .. A brave lady who asks for no sympathy form the reader but just to read and see how it really is
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I applaud Kate's recovery and sheer bloody mindedness and I'm so happy for her children but I thought the book was awful.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews