On 5 September 1984, 18-year-old Geoff Holt dived into an idyllic tropical sea and his life changed forever. A broken neck cut short a promising career as a yachtsman and left him paralysed, with his horizons reduced to an uncertain future in a wheelchair. On 5 September 2007, after a journey of 109 days and 1,445 miles, Geoff Holt crossed the finish line in the Solent and reached the summit of his Personal Everest: the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail single-handed around Great Britain.
Walking on Water is Geoff's very personal story of his life before and after the accident: how he learned to live with his disability, how he achieved remarkable success in spite of it and, in particular, how he rediscovered the sea and helped to promote sailing opportunities for disabled people. It is also the story of how he conceived, organised and completed the dangerous and demanding Personal Everest voyage. Moving, uplifting and written with humour, it is above all a journey through a remarkable life - a powerful affirmation of the potential of the human spirit.
This audio edition includes a very special introduction by the author Geoff Holt.
©2008 Geoff Holt (P)2010 Personal Everest Ltd
"We are humans - we push at limits ... This is a story that will excite admiration from all sailors, disabled or otherwise." (Sir Robin Knox-Johnston)
"Beautifully written and honest" (Dame Ellen MacArthur)
One of the best autobiographies I have ever read.
His voyage was an incredible feat of determination not only to complete but in his determination to overcome his disability and lead a normal life. It deserves to be a bestseller.
The mind boggles at how challenging life might be for Geoff Holt. And yet, Geoff is living proof of just how much you can achieve when you set your mind to it. A really inspiring listen, one to give you a great big kick up the backside and enjoy the life we have!
Geeoff Holt's attitude to his quadriplegia is amazing. This book is extremely well-written and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone as a very inspiring and excellent listen.
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