Truly one of the most extraordinary stories I have ever read. A beautifully structured book balancing raw emotional , heartbreaking, and adrenaline fuelled words. A compelling read. The book provides an opportunity to step back in time and learn just how we can now take too many things for granted in our everyday lives. I wanted to be able to stand and cheer these men across the finishing line. I had never heard of Joe and the crew, the coach or the boat builder, now I wish I had had the opportunity to meet them. An old dear friend of mine won gold,for Britain in the eights, Andy Holmes, sadly he has passed away now and I never quite appreciated just what he had gone through in order to fulfill his dream. I certainly do now.