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If You Fall...: It's a New Beginning

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Karen Darke was on a rock-climbing expedition on sea cliffs in Scotland. She fell, and was paralysed. This is Karen's story about coming to terms with her lost of movement from the chest down and regaining the will to live. It is also about the borderline between body and spirit.
Paperback, 198 pages
Published September 22nd 2006 by John Hunt Publishing
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Angus Stirling
Dec 04, 2015 Angus Stirling rated it did not like it
Karen Darke may be a champion paralympian and a doctor of geology, but as a writer she’s fairly terrible and as a rational human being she is a cautionary tale. What starts as a trauma memoir, charting her rehabilitation after a climbing accident results in a severed spinal cord, takes a bizarre left turn into spiritualism and pseudoscience in its second half, becoming a sad study of how desperate people may sometimes be more easily exploited by the promise of false hope.

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David Medcalf
Jun 23, 2012 David Medcalf rated it liked it
It's a chilling book in a way, as it describes a drastic change in circumstances that *could* happen to any active person. Would I cope as well as Karen does?
I didn't enjoy the [to me] more fanciful episodes in Karen's life - seeking the magic cure, as it were, but I'm pretty sure I'd be equally desperate to find improvements too. However, the overall story is of a very determined person's drive to achieve - not just normality, but in challenges that would daunt most able-bodied people.
Zia Laura
Sep 19, 2015 Zia Laura rated it really liked it
I read this book because of a personal turn of events. It's a really good book that can be applied to many life circumstances (not only the physical fall). Facing the odds, finding yourself in the noise of society, taking the time to let the new you blossom.
David Douglas
Jan 02, 2015 David Douglas rated it liked it
Inspirational tail of rebuilding her life after a serious climbing accident. Went a little bit mental at the end with trying to find cures.
Paula
Feb 09, 2008 Paula rated it it was amazing
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An inspirational true story of a young lady paralysed in a climbing accident who is able to overcome tragedy and enjoy her love of outdoor pursuits once again.
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