Seize the Day: My Autobiography Hardcover – 4 Oct 2001
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Seize theDay tells the story of how the girl from Glossop Terrace in Cardiff became Britain's best-known paralympic athlete, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and OBE. In a cynical world Tanni Grey-Thompson is no less than an old fashioned hero. Born with spina bifida, she's gone on to win 14 paralympic medals and a whole slew of international sporting awards.
In a straightforward format we follow Tanni Grey-Thompson's life from the first realisation that she was disabled through her school years to her 13-year career competing at professional level. Throughout her childhood she was supported by a loving family that gave her a unique mixture of true grit, sensitivity and feisty confidence. Her strong character enabled her to overcome painful surgery and prejudice against disabled people to catch the vision of becoming a world-class athlete. Her sporting accomplishments are truly heroic, but underneath the triumphant athlete we glimpse a down-to-earth person with a plucky sense of humour and real humility. Her life shows how much disabled people can accomplish; it also reproves the able-bodied for our prejudice, laziness and lack of accomplishment. The writing style is very direct and conversational--at times this chatty cheerfulness may grate a little for certain readers. Sometimes the memoir descends into trivial reminiscence, but then suddenly the hero is facing another challenge and we join her again on a heroic quest that is absorbing, affirming and inspiring. -- Dwight Longenecker
'A hugely enjoyable read.' -- Sunday Express
'An honest and engaging life story.' -- The Independent
'Tanni's book is as remarkable as the woman herself. An inspiration!' -- The Mirror
'Tanni's book is more than a sporting autobiography; it's an uplifting, life-affirming story of incredible success against massive odds.' -- Wales on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is easily the most enjoyable autobiography I've read, due to Tanni's sense of humour, enthusiasm and fascinating story.
A book you just cannot put down, in more ways than one.!!!!!
It is written in a chatty style and, typically of an autobiography, Tanni describes her life chronologically; from a childhood including a struggle to go to a mainstream school to her life now as an mother and, more famously, a world class athlete.
While it was an addictive and enjoyable read, at times I felt that Tanni repeated herself too often (particulary when talking about her views on the publics' perception of dissability sports) and towards the end I began skipping paragraphs (hence 4 stars instead of 5). Nonetheless, it is well worth reading and definately heightened my interest in and knowledge of wheelchair athletics!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting - hope Tanni updates it sometime telling readers about her post-athletic career. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by phil dodds
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson I had to get a copy of the book! An amazing women who has achieved so much despite her disability...an inspiration to all.Published on 25 Dec. 2012 by Erna