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“A compelling story of how humour, friendship, grace and sheer grit can triumph over unthinkable catastrophe. Diana Morgan-Hill's unflinching memoir is proof that what does not kill us makes us strong.” Liz Jensen, author of The 9th Life of Louis Drax
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A Compelling True Story Of Triumph Over Tragedy
by Diana Morgan-Hill
6 x 9 | 230 pages
Paperback April 2015 | ISBN 9780993092237 | £9.99/$14.99
At the age of 29, Diana Hill fell under a London train. In 7 seconds the tall, glamorous businesswoman went from busy woman of the world with everything to live for to double-leg-amputee, her life in ruins. Then it got worse. A few days after her accident, as she lay in hospital, traumatised and heavily sedated, she learnt via a newspaper article that the railway’s Transport Police were to interview “The Fall Girl”, as the Press had labelled her, with a view to prosecution. She had boarded a moving train, they said, and trespassed onto their railway line. Her fight for justice took five years and was, she declares with no hesitation, a more harrowing experience than having both of her legs ‘stolen’ from her.
As any young, single woman would be, Diana was shocked to the core by the sudden, catastrophic change in her body image. What man would ever love her now? The issues surrounding sexuality and disability are explored here with stark honesty as she recalls her complicated love life, the High Court dramas, and the rawness of her pain amidst a turmoil of emotion, all told with tremendous humour, charm and heart. For Diana loves to tell stories. Especially true ones.
A brutally honest, heartwarming memoir that shocks and delights in equal measure – when you're not crying for her you're laughing with her.
"This extraordinary account will steal time, invade sleep, and profoundly affect you. Perhaps you will never be the same again." Susan Joiner
"Exceptionally moving without being sentimental - vivid, gritty, and at times very funny." Diane Chandler
"Just read it. You won't be quite the same person afterwards." N. Tambini
"I laughed and cried all the way through this wonderful book." Mrs C Pugh
"I found myself clenching my teeth as I read her account of the accident, told with a clarity that shows that all these years later she still relives every terrifying detail of the event. Inspirational." Swizzlestick
"I cannot imagine how she coped. But she did, showing unbelievable courage, and she's written about it with such warmth and humour. There are very few books that I'm truly evangelical about and want to insist that everyone reads - this is definitely one of them." Louise Voss