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Running Free: Breaking Out from Locked-in Syndrome Paperback – 18 May 2011
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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
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".
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and uplifting book from someone who actually recovered from locked-in.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Laszlo Levai
SO inspiring. I bought this book after meeting Kate Allatt and being so impressed by her positivity. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing true story what an amazing strong women very well written and heart felt.Published 14 months ago by LUCYPALLY
Fantastic read. Well written , a true triumph over tragedy. Couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend this great bookPublished 14 months ago by MISS K L FRANCIS
What an amazing book. Would certainly recommended this book. I read it in just under a week as I couldn't put it down and now my family members are borrowing it.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing story about a ft and healthy woman who suddenly becomes "locked in" and tried to deal with the challenges that this brings. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. A. Conrich