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Double Olympic gold-medal winner, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident.

Double Olympic gold-medal winner, James Cracknell. His story before and after his life-changing accident.

In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life's simple challenges.

A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again.

Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man's fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.

Reviews

An inspirational, powerful account from an incredible bloke with guts and determination.

Sir Bradley Wiggins

James is a modern-day Hercules. Every day brings a new challenge.

Clare Balding

A remarkable portrait of love, loyalty and determination - from both sides of a marriage.

Daily Mail

A rower's extraordinary story is movingly told.

Daily Telegraph

It is a deeply honest, compelling account.

Sun

The couple write with an unflinching candour that is, by turn, comic and deeply moving.

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  • Paperback

    9780099579687

    May 15, 2013

    Arrow

    336 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781448149117

    October 25, 2012

    Cornerstone Digital

    336 pages

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