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Touching Distance Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Century (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 7.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An inspirational, powerful account from an incredible bloke with guts and determination." (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

"James is a modern-day Hercules. Every day brings a new challenge." (Clare Balding)

"A rower's extraordinary story is movingly told." (Daily Telegraph)

"The couple write with an unflinching candour that is, by turn, comic and deeply moving." (Hello!)

"It is a deeply honest, compelling account." (Sun)

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Double Olympic gold-medal winner, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This was a very honest and thought provoking book. Tha account by James and his wife was so enlightning. I have a brain injury and had difficulty coming to terms with some of the changes that I had experienced since my brain operation. This book made me realize that I was not alone in what I was experiencing and that other peoples understanding of brain injury is limited. If you break a leg it is a visible injury and people understand but a head injury cannot be seen and you look normal so therefore you are O.K. My head injury is quite minor but the changes in me are very noticable and can be very annoying to loved ones who cannot accept the changes. I am not aware that I am any different. I Know now because people have told me. My children said that they want their Mum back, My partner wants my sparkle to return.My family read this book too and they are now more informed about head injury. The brain is so complex that the slightest thing knocks it out of kilter wirh sometimes devastating affects. This book will appeal to people who have had a brain injury or know someone that has. I wish others would read it to so they can be come enlightened.
A great read for anyone.
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I am not necessarily a sporty person, but I have watched most of James' documentaries and enjoyed them. I remember his accident and I have read a few newspaper articles about it, some written by his wife.

The first half of this book is the story of James' early life, school, first teaching job (funny ancedote about what he would do at the back of the class!), first relationship and how he got into rowing. I did find this section interesting and it gives an insight into how determined James is and how competitive. He talks of how he was a shy person. I must admit seeing him interviewed etc, I never got this impression of him!

James met his wife Beverley Turner in 2000 and they married in 2002. They seemed very well matched. The story of their honeymoon is very amusing! Reading about James training schedule, I take my hat off to Beverley for being a very understanding wife, especially after the birth of their first child. It definitely doesn't sound easy to be married to an Olympian. After his second Olympic Gold Medal, James decided to retire from rowing and found his niche in endurance sports which culminated in his tragic accident.

The second half of the book deals with how James and most of all his wife and family learn to cope with the brain injury that changed all their lives. It is not all doom and gloom, there are some amusing moments especially after James comes out of his induced coma and begins talking with a very laa-di-dah British accent!

At the time of his accident they had two children but also Beverley had just discovered she was pregnant with their third child. This woman seems amazing to me.
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I bought this book by James Cracknell and his wife Bev Turner on Friday, started it on Sunday afternoon and finished it by Monday afternoon. It's not a short book by any means, but I just couldn't put it down once I'd started. Thank goodness I already had Monday booked as a day off! It's an inspiring, moving, down to earth, well written account not only of James' rise to rowing fame and double gold medal glory, but also of his retirement from rowing, transition to becoming one of the ultimate endurance athletes of recent years and then the entirely different challenge of his recovery after a bike accident in the US and the resulting traumatic brain injury. Very highly recommended, even by someone who knows next to nothing about rowing!
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Beautifully written, inspirational book about the best and worst life can throw at you and one truely amazing family. Put down your 50 Shades and read about a real life hero and heroine instead.
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WOW! What a brilliant book!

I wouldn't normally have picked up something like this as I'm not much into watching sport nor reading biographies, but a friend left this book at mine by mistake and after flicking through the pictures I became inspired. I started to read a little bit and from then on I was hooked!

The beginning is really interesting as it shows where an extreme athlete such as James Cracknell 'came from'. But for me, it is the sharing of the writing between Bev and James, which is beautifully balanced, that makes it so original. Their different styles are equally enjoyable to read and complement each other's so much that once you finish reading one, you can't wait to hear what the other has to say from another angle. I'm not sure if this format has been used before, but it's a fascinating insight into 'Mars and Venus' played out by two extremely strong characters set around a harrowing circumstance.

I laughed and I cried and the pure honesty exposed makes it seem so very real. You feel privileged to be let into the intimacy of their feelings and emotions surrounding their private life and to follow their incredible journey. Anyone who has a human heart will enjoy this book. It is awe-inspiring! It's a shame that the kindle preview I just read doesn't include some of Bev's writing which is such an important and key element.

I just want to say well done to you both if you read this. I almost feel like I know you so well that I would want to stop you in the street and give you a hug full of empathy and admiration!

(My husband is now halfway through it and is loving it too)
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