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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753516454
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Looking Up

A Humorous and Unflinching Account of Learning to Live Again With Sudden Disability




ONE MAN'S BATTLE TO REBUILD HIS LIFE

Tim Rushby-Smith is six foot two and highly active, with a love of high places and the great outdoors. Three years ago, with a booming garden design and landscaping business and his wife five months pregnant with their first child, Tim fell six metres out of a tree and broke his back, confining him to a wheelchair.

As he came to terms with his injury, treatment and rehabilitation, Tim faced an entirely new life, in which suddenly many of life's simplest tasks became monumental challenges. This is Tim's very human story of learning to live with disability, from overwhelming feelings of anger and despair, to learning how to face the future head on, and watching his daughter take her first steps.

Emotional but never self-pitying, this is his unflinchingly honest account of how he built a new life; as a man, a husband and a father.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753516454
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Tim Rushby-Smith

British author and journalist Tim Rushby-Smith was a lover of the great outdoors: a passionate mountain-biker, hiker and climber, and enthusiastic in the waves. In 2005, Tim fell from a tree while working as a tree surgeon and suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in instant paraplegia. His experience of injury and the return to normal life led him to write a memoir reflecting on his experience. Tim went on to write features for numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as writing for the BBC. He served a six-month stint as a columnist for The Times in London, writing about life as a wheelchair dad.

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