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The story of Ben Parkinson MBE, the most injured soldier to have survived Afghanistan 

What were you doing when you were 22? Where were you in the world? What did you want to do with your life?

Ben Parkinson was a 6'4" paratrooper. He was in Afghanistan fighting for his country. He wanted to always be a soldier, to be a father and to get home in one piece. But we don't always get what we want. So the question is: how do we react when that happens? Easy:

You find something new to fight for.

Ben Parkinson MBE is an inspiration to everyone. He suffered 37 injuries when his Land Rover hit a mine in Helmand in 2006, including brain damage, breaking his back and losing both his legs. This book follows the story of what led him to that moment his life changed forever - and what happened next. Doctors didn't think Ben could survive the trauma - then they didn't think he would wake up, or talk again, or walk again. Time after time, Ben pushed the ceiling on what was possible, going on to carry the Olympic flame in 2012 and receiving an MBE for the enormous feats he has undertaken for charity.

What he has achieved in the face of adversity - for others as well as for himself - is nothing short of a miracle. Nerve-wracking, heart-warming and full of classic soldier's humour, Losing the Battle, Winning the War is a book you'll be thinking about long after the last word.

©2021 Ben Parkinson (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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'Ben is the embodiment of positive thinking. What he has achieved, in large part through willpower, is nothing short of miraculous. An inspiration to us all' - Ant Middleton  

'A great and inspiring book from Doncaster's bravest son. Read it in a day' - Jeremy Clarkson

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Inspirational and a display of courage in adversity

A deeply moving and inspirational book. It exemplifies the courage tenacity and real love offered unconditionally, from comrades, from family, and from the whole panoply of care givers. But mostly it’s about Ben’s indomitable spirit and a Mother’s love for her gallant son to ensure fair play for him and those injured in the line of duty.

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excellent story

it's hard to believe the military are treated like this. but unfortunately it's not the first and won't be the last

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From Hero to Super Hero and beyond...

Our Service Men and Women are heros. That goes without saying, often dealing with traumas and anguish from time spent during their service. Ben Parkinsons book tells of an incredible journey. The fight did not end in Afghanistan, a whole new series of battles ensued. This book is a roller coaster of heartbreak, hope, inspiration and a tribute to his wonderful Mum, Andy, family and friends. Ben's strength seems to uplift those around him. Losing is not an option, each setback is a challenge and mixed with his dry sense of humour, this is a must read for everyone.

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amazing

I seen Ben on the news yesterday morning and has to listen to the book. he's an inspirational bloke who's life story has left a positive effect on me. I would recommend this to anyone. less than 36 hrs late the book is finished.

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Amazing, the power of a positive mindset

Amazing story of a persons battle to live. Something that couldn’t have been done without such a positive mindset.

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inspirational

I had the honour of serving in the military with Ben aka big Parky 7, I can tell you that the character displayed in the book is as you would find him in real life.

it's refreshing to read a book that delivers to the reader the struggle that the wounded soldier faces on his return home rather that with most military books merely glorifying war.

as a veteran it deeply saddens me that the government that Ben fought for let him down, these men and woman shouldn't have to rely on charities and the good will of others for their needs.

Politics aside it's a book that we can all learn from as it delivers a message of human compassion with the ultimate ethos being never give up in the face of adversity.

That leaves me to say.. Big Parky 7 always new you was destined for big things all the best Ben the medic

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Ben Parkinson. Absolute legend.

Ben tells it as it was. A wrenching story of humility and an approach to life, where giving up is simply not an option. An inspiration to us all. A very enjoyable book, we can all learn something from this book. Thanks Ben!

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An inspiring book

I loved every minute of reading this book Ben is an inspiration to us all

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Wow. Ben is an absolute legend!

Such an inspirational read. The strength Ben found both mentally and physically is unbelievable. I'm embarrassed to say I assumed our injured service people were looked after for life... How can this not be the case?!! Shocked and saddened, we must do better.

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Great story

this was a great book would recommend to average who feel sorry for themselves