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Seize the Day: My Autobiography Hardcover – 4 Oct 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st edition (4 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340819715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340819715
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'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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By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down! Tanni has had such an exciting life full of amazing sporting achievements and it is really interesting to read about what goes on behind the scenes at competitions such as the Olympics. The book is written in a really down to earth and humorous style, so you can really identify with Tanni and her experiences.
This is easily the most enjoyable autobiography I've read, due to Tanni's sense of humour, enthusiasm and fascinating story.
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I am ashamed to say I can't give a proper review, because I still haven't read it. Yes, caught out red-handed, I'm one of those people who buy books with the best intentions, but never seem to get the time to read all that I buy. I have started it though and she (Tanni) has given me inspiration in her pages.
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I really enjoyed this (I have the book). It is the story of Tanni's life from childhood to athlete. She writes about the prejudices she had to face in her early life, but what comes through is her steely determination, no matter what obstacles lie in her way. A very interesting read!
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This book gives you a great insight in to the life of an amazing athlete. This book presents laughter and tears to you the reader. Provides an understanding of what life is like for a wheelchair user and shows you just what can be achieved when you set your heart on it.
A book you just cannot put down, in more ways than one.!!!!!
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By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant! What more can I say? An excellent read which gives an amazing insight into the life of a world class athlete. Tanni's warmth and humour shines through. Her ability to live her life to the full is an inspiration, not only to disabled people, but to people everywhere! A truly remarkable read.
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Format: Paperback
As I'm not a bit follower of any sport and know next to nothing about disability sports, I read this by chance and without any preconceptions.
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!
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