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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Running Free' is excellently written and a perfectly well -balanced combo of 'Triumph Over Tragedy' and real medical facts. Kate's personal story is told in a no-nonsense writing style which immediately hooks you in from the moment she recalls waking up in hospital with Locked In Syndrome unable to communicate and feeling as if she has been buried alive, following a massive stroke. The reader is taken on Kate's journey to recovery and, as every page is turned, there is an incredible sense of hope and optimism despite the unimaginable daily battles she endures- and later challenges herself to win despite the odds. Kate shows the same stoicism and perseverance as her fictional fighting hero, Stallone's 'Rocky'. You just know Kate is going to make progress and prove the medical experts wrong because of her self belief, gritty determination and network of family, friends and supporters whose loyalty is unwavering. Kate tells it as it is with candid comments and real honesty and there are no saccharine-coated cliches......the story does not need them. You really couldn't make it up. It is quite surreal just reading about how Kate learnt to swallow, eat, talk and walk again and the comedic moments of humour which unexpectedly burst out of the pages here and there reveal the invincibility of the human spirit during the toughest of times. The love and commitment of Kate's three children, husband, relatives, friends and carers envelop her like a circle of strength and nurture her every day. Touch, hugs and positive words or simply having a friend wipe away tears of frustration really do make a difference.Read more ›
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This book will help so many locked-in people in the future, I had never heared about L-I-S until my husband had his stroke and was left locked-in. He sadly died. And still nearly 7 years later it as never been mentioned. That was until this amazing lady came along with her strong will and determination and the help of her good friends and family, she advertsed the dreaded illness. With the help of the media and internet and now this fantastic book, which i could not put down, she will be know world wide and will become a celebrity in her own right in a matter of months. watch this space
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This book describes Kate's amazing recovery from a sudden and massive stroke leaving her locked in. it's not a common injury and most people won't have heard of locked in syndrome. Kate's book changes all that and describes how self determination, the support of family and friends and the thoughts and prayers of untold others gave Kate the courage to fight back and regain her rightful place at home with her husband and family. An inspirational book which will help others for years to come.
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`Running Free' is an amazing story by an inspiring and extremely courageous young woman. Laugh and cry with Kate as she embarks on her astonishing journey to regain her life and return home to her family. Who said `no', clearly not Kate, who pushes boundaries and astounds everyone. If you want to feel inspired, or wish to empower others then this is the book for you, a `must read', in a league of its own I recommend this book above all others. Janine Atkinson, Macclesfield
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Kate's book is a must read for everyone. I just could
not put it down. A very moving story written by a truly inspirational woman.
A book that should be read by everyone and especially those of us working in the medical profession!
Buy a copy now!
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This is a book that I will think about and remember for a long time. We never know what's around the corner - Kate was fit mother of three when she was suddenly struck down by a stroke that left her whole body Locked-In. Her fight to gain back her life is truely inspirational. It made me question how I'd have reacted - her determination and resiliance is incredible.
It's an upbeat book that's written in an easy style - highly recommended.
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I received this book and finished reading it on the same day...it was that compelling.
Having gone through a very similar experience as Kate, I found it made painful reading at times but it was utterly addictive.
The sheer determination of this lady and her bloody mindedness aided her miraculous recovery. Medical staff so often get things wrong and Kate refused to take their bleak prognosis laying down...pardon the pun! Sticking two fingers up, either literally or metaphorically,to 'professionals' and having the belief that nobody knows their own body better than themselves, highlights the strength of spirit that Kate possessed. She refused to accept the physical limitations that this cruel condition had placed upon her and didn't always heed medical advice but this strong will led her to astound medics and others alike and the speed and extent of her recovery was evidence of this.
The book made me laugh out loud, at times Kate's thoughts and irreverent attitude were just as mine had been when in the same position and the humour paralleled my own. At other times the tears flowed freely down my cheeks especially when Kate described the bravery of her children and the importance of having a trusted circle of friends.
This account of Kate's personal struggle, when the odds were stacked heavily against her, makes for powerful, thought provoking reading. It is a lesson to us all...we may think we have the perfect lives but as this story shows, it can all be snatched away without warning leaving behind a trail of decimation that only the brave and determined can overcome.
A thoroughly inspiring read which has affected me profoundly...enjoy and spread the word.
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