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The World I Fell Out Of

Narrated by: Melanie Reid, Andrew Marr
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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From the award-winning writer of The Times Magazine's 'Spinal Column': a deeply moving and often darkly funny memoir about disaster and triumph.

With an introduction by Andrew Marr.

Is this what it feels like, I thought, losing everything? 

Steel shutters were clanging down in my head: I dared not even think about my son, just emerging from his teenage years, or of my sorry future.

But I could safely bear witness and carry on writing in my head. A correspondent from a hidden war.

On Good Friday 2010, Melanie Reid fell from her horse, breaking her neck and fracturing her lower back. She was 52.

Paralysed from the top of her chest down, she was to spend almost a full year in hospital, determinedly working towards gaining as much movement in her limbs as possible and learning to navigate her way through a world that had previously been invisible to her.

As a journalist Melanie had always turned to words, and now, on a spinal ward peopled by an extraordinary array of individuals who were similarly at sea, she decided that writing would be her lifeline. The World I Fell Out Of is an account of that year and of the years that followed. It is the untold ‘back story’ behind Melanie’s award-winning ‘Spinal Column’ in The Times Magazine and a testament to ‘the art of getting on with it’.

Unflinchingly honest and beautifully observed, this is a memoir about the joy - and the risks - of riding horses, the complicated nature of heroism, the bonds of family and the comfort of strangers. Above all, The World I Fell Out Of is a reminder that at any moment the life we know can be turned upside down - and a plea to start appreciating what we have while we have it.

©2019 Melanie Reid and Andrew Marr (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Absolutely inspiringly brilliant

I have MS and although my condition doesn’t touch what Melanie has been through there are so many parallels. It’s funny and clever, classic book references make this book appealing to all. The life experiences of those she’s met and her own...

The Golden Age being NOW and living in the now.

Thank you whole heartedly...40 is knocking on the door. Who knows what awaits but I am determined to enjoy each day for what it is.

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Heart wrenching .. what a book !

This is such a heat wrenching , thought provoking book into a world we probably unless directly affected no little or nothing about .
So honest and heartbreaking but also laugh out load funny.
Melanie Reid is a very brave inspiring lady and as a fit and healthy fortysomethjng I find her story remarkable.