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Touching Distance

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Double Olympic gold-medal winner, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident. In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life's simple challenges. A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren't sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again. Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man's fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 26mm | 280g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour plates
  • 0099579685
  • 9780099579687
  • 198,540

About Beverley Turner

James Cracknell, OBE, is a world record holder and double Olympic gold medalist. Since retiring from mucking about in boats (as he puts it), James has distinguished himself as a powerful endurance athlete. When not crossing oceans and continents, he writes for the Daily Telegraph, is in demand as an entertaining corporate speaker and is an ambassador for Karrimor and BMW. His wife, Beverley Turner, is a writer and broadcaster. Together they have three children.show more

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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 remarkable portrait of love, loyalty and determination - from both sides of a marriage." * Daily Mail * "A rower's extraordinary story is movingly told." * Daily Telegraph * "It is a deeply honest, compelling account." * Sun *show more

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"A remarkable portrait of love, loyalty and determination - from both sides of a marriage."show more

Back cover copy

Double Olympic gold-medal winner and endurance athlete, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident. James Cracknell has rowed across the Atlantic, competed in the Race to the South Pole, and was the highest placed Britain ever in the epic Marathon Des Sables. He was on track to be one of the greatest endurance athletes our country has known. But it was one challenge in 2010 – a gruelling cycling race across the USA that nearly saw it all slip away. Whilst on his bike, the wing mirror of a petrol tanker smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if James would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again. Written with his wife, Beverley, this is an inspirational and powerful account of James’s fight back to become the man he once was. ‘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!show more

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