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In Remarkable People, Dan Walker, the host of BBC1's Breakfast, recounts inspiring stories of the courage and selflessness of people he has met throughout his career. An uplifting tonic for the darkness and negativity of recent times.

We live in an age of anxiety, besieged by bad news and uncertainty. But Dan Walker, the host of BBC1's Breakfast and Football Focus, is determined to shine a light onto stories of selflessness and compassion that seldom make the headlines. 

In the course of his professional life, Dan has encountered many inspiring stories of bravery and kindness. In Remarkable People, he recounts tales of incredible humanity, empathy and compassion, and a steely determination to transform lives, restore trust and renew hope.

Remarkable People is the perfect book for these challenging times - an escape from the negativity of our everyday news cycle and a tribute to courage and positivity.

©2020 Dan Walker (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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A remarkable listen

I could not stop listening to this incredible book and finished it in under 24 hours!

A beautiful book, I think I cried in every chapter. Every single person mentioned really is truly remarkable.

Dan shows a real compassion for people’s stories and really highlighted the incredible power of pausing to listen.

After this terrible year, this book really was the antidote I needed.

Can not recommend highly enough!

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The best dog walks I've ever had!

Having Dan in my ears every morning this week as I walked the dog has been a joy! Amazing stories of remarkable ordinary people, I have laughed and cried in equal measure. Loved it and am inspired to talk less and listen more. :)

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Brilliantly entertaing and inspiring

I bought it as an audio book to listen too for the 400 mile journey home after seeing my kids the day before the second covid lockdown.
if you need an entertaing remedy for pessimism this is the book; it's truly inspiring.

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A remarkable book about remarkable people!

Alternative review title: Genuinely lovely human recounts tales of his encounters with other amazingly kind, compassionate & incredible humans.
This book is the antidote to red-top media nastiness, divisiveness and prejudice. Both moving and life-affirming there’s no one I wouldn’t recommend this book to. It has genuinely challenged me to be a better person - Neighbour, friend, daughter. It’s a joy!

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Awe inspiring

This is an incredible book. Dan reads this with such emotion and dedication to each story he is telling.
I have never written a book review before, but once I downloaded this on Thursday, I spent every opportunity I had to listen to it, and finished it on the Sunday.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for that little bit of light at the end of the tunnel during this dreadful year of 2020.
Thank you Dan Walker for writing this incredibly touching book. I loved it. xx

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A bit too much flag waving jingoism

A few of the stories are interesting and worthy of a book.

Unfortunately the camp bastion and similar stuff is very much a beaten docket at this stage.

Also it smacks a bit too much of someone desperate to write a book about something, who thinks the BBC are the be all and end all in this world and also it feels like there are a few filler stories in there.

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Brilliant!

This audiobook is simply brilliant. Fantastic for that pick-me-up required during these challenging times. Full of hope. Loved it. Thanks, Dan Walker.

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AMAZING

Wow, just finished listening to the audiobook, what a wonderful inspiring uplifting emotional book this is. I loved it, it made me feel I need to make a change in my life and make a difference in the world, like so many people from the book have and under such difficult circumstances ! I laughed and cried the whole way through. Loved it.

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Heart warming stories from a genuinely nice man

I met Dan Walker once. It was at a business awards dinner, he was the host and I accepted an award on behalf of the company I worked for. I did not know who he was at the time as it was before and I do not suppose he will remember me either but he was genuinely interested in what I had to say and he put me at ease. I can see why he has now become a permanent fixture on our screens, he comes over as a genuinely nice man and, importantly for any presenter, he listens rather than talks.
This a collection of stories of the people he has met including the famous and not so famous who have all, in their own way, tried to make the world a better place. Dan famously championed Tony Foulds from Sheffield who tended the graves of US airmen who died in Endcliffe Park which inspired a flypast that captured the hearts of the world. The story of Tony Foulds features in this book and we hear stories of South African children's homes, the amazing Maria from Rio who Dan features on the BBC Olympics show and the tragic story of Garry Speed.
Dan narrates this book with boy like enthusiasm and wonder and frequently refers to his faith as a Christian. His strength is that he manages to maintain a sweet spot of extreme focus and calm even when under pressure and although I agree with Dan's kids, "Remarkable People" is a boring title, this is a heartwarming book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Four and a half stars, rounded up to five as Dan is such a nice man.

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Brilliant

I have learnt, it made me laugh and cry and understand people a little more
What a fabulous account of remarkable people you have met Dan. You are remarkable too, to have taken on their dreams and helped them realise them. Thank you, look forward to Book Number Two

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Deeply moving and inspiring!

I thoroughly enjoyed going through Remarkable People. I had followed a couple of the stories from afar, Maria from Brazil, Tony and the men from The Amigo and Terrance and the Christmas tree, but was delighted and moved to hear the stories of so many others. I will admit to listening to much of this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It will come as no surprise that Dan, a professional broadcast, does a great job reading his own book Highly recommended.