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No Damage: An Adventure in Courage, Survival and the Pursuit of Dreams

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Librarian Note: This is an Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00R2ZF14Q - No Damage.

No Damage is an inspiring and uplifting look at one woman’s journey to survive two runaway grooms whilst coping with cancer, the loss of her career and more. Kathryn’s optimistic tale of hope, adventure travel and an unexpected stint in a South African prison explores how, as a single 30-so
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published by Amazon Digital Services (first published December 17th 2014)
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Anita Kovacevic
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Autobiographies and memoirs have never really been my thing, and it would take something really special to draw me to them. No Damage had that. It is not only special because it takes a positive outlook on the life of a woman in her thirties, a life not without its troubles and turmoil, but because of how openly and inobtrusively the author lays out the details of her life, take it or leave it, knowing and risking the fact that everyone who reads the book will know some of her most intimate deci ...more
Kat Vochoska
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am simply blown away by the honesty, narration, and imagery of this book. In certain moments, as a woman, I wanted to grab hold of Kat and shake her for thinking a particular way or placing blame on her shoulders. At other times, I wanted to be there with her to cry, mourn, and brood over tea. And still at others, I wanted to raise the freaking roof in celebration. This is a story filled with laughter, tragedy, humility, and triumph, and it speaks to our strength and ability to seek (and even ...more
Ella Belakovska
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs motivation
I was lucky enough to meet Kat at around the time this book ends and her new journey was about to begin. I knew she was in the process of writing her story and I now feel utterly privileged to have had the opportunity to read it and understand more about how her path came to briefly cross with mine.

The first thing I will say is that Kat really is a talented writer. She is clear, articulate, entertaining and takes the reader on her journey with ease and a self-effacing humour that never overreach
Sarah Tegg
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible first book this author has written. Kathryn Hodgson has written a searingly honest account of a difficult period in her life delivering an enticing cocktail of dry humour, black comedy and personal reflection.

As a Kinesiologist, I encourage my clients to look inside themselves, learn from past mistakes and move towards a brighter future and this author has certainly done that. Raw emotions and highly charged scenes are wrapped up in comedic, embarrassing moments which leaves t
Bob Conklin
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most of us have been there: failed relationships, family members with serious illnesses, life plans that look good on paper only to go through a shredder. Just maybe not to the extreme degree Kathryn Hodgson describes! Her memoir alternates between laughter and tears. And sometimes she doubles up with a combination of both as the only possible response to life’s curve balls, for instance, being dragged through the mud by her two gigantic Airedales nicknamed the Bears.

At times a bit saccharine,
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read memoirs from time to time, habit I was left with after reading Montaigne essays, so I was coming to my regular third this year with No Damage. It was indeed unlike many others I've read. Usually in autobiography or diary-style novel one gets used to certain note of author’s subjectivity, or at least to certain author voice resonating throughout the work, however, this reading struck me as significantly devoid of such practice, exhibiting objectivity or better say resistance towards judgme ...more
N. Gosney
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I've just finished reading this book, and wow my goodness what a book it is! At first I wasn't sure if it was autobiographical or pseudo-biographical. Reading the parts about her mother's illness made me feel it must surely be a true story, as there was so much raw emotion and attention to detail poured into those sections. I'm not ashamed to say I shed a few tears - my heart hurt for Kathryn and her family. Later though, her accounts of Oscar had me wondering again. Could anybody truly behave t ...more
Traci Sanders
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read books for many reasons ... to escape reality, to learn something new, and/or to feel a real emotion. Usually, it takes a variety of books for me to accomplish that goal. But THIS book gave me all that and more! It had me on an emotional roller coaster from the beginning when the author described the first 'crisis' she endured in her life (I don't like to include spoilers in my reviews, so you'll just have to read it to find out). Each chapter brought up a new emotion in me. I was utterly ...more
Jackie Parry
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A roller-coaster read

Here’s a lady with enormous human spirit and a knack to laugh at herself.

Told with searing honesty, Kathryn takes you on a journey of love, loss, heartache, joy and redemption5. Her most intimate decisions are shared, discussed, analysed and carried out with equal measures of humour, sadness, fear and validation.

Although at times I felt a tiny bit uncomfortable with her self-justification for some of those decisions – I still couldn’t wait to settle down each evening to be c
Dave Adair
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. My only regret is that it is not fiction. How one woman could endure the events Kathryn endured over such a short period of time is unfathomable. That she came out the other side with such positivity and such a strong eye to the future is downright inspirational.

Without spoiling the story, I can say that I laughed a lot and shed many tears on her behalf. I cringed at some of the decisions that were made, feeling as though I was one of her friends who wanted to scream, “No, don
Marcia Martins
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't normaly like to read memoirs but this book caught my attention. I enjoy reading Kathryn journey but most of all I admire her courage to expose herself, sharing her not always brilliant moments and her most intimate decisions in life with who reads this book. LIke every one, she had her ups and downs. She made wrong choices, she loved, she had her heartbroken twice and she mourned the loss of her mother. Instead of closing herself to the world, she was brave enough to reinvent herself and ...more
K. Baldwin
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully witty, warm and fun, this story will wrap you up into an endearing embrace. The pacing is spot on and you really feel for Kathryn as she struggles with the ups and downs of life using a gentle bit of humor to go with the dark spots she’s had to deal with. After reading this, I honestly feel like she is a friend. I really enjoyed this read and suggest if you want something that will remind you that hope is never out of reach, then I suggest No Damage.
Nicholas Curzon
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book. Fascinating in its honesty, gripping in its drama, entertaining in it’s humor and inspiring in its thought provoking analyses of the difficult situations faced by the author in some turbulent years of her life. I challenge anyone to read this book without laughing out loud and shedding some tears.
Connie Stephany
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's pure talent when a writer can make a reader laugh even during the saddest parts of a book. That's what happened here.

I enjoyed this story and felt so many emotions during the book.

I fell in love with the "bears" and wish I could meet them!

Thanks for sharing your very emotional story with the world.
Amy Lynch
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - so funny and moving at the same time. The author writes with honesty and good humour, you can't help but fall in love with her adventures and root for her. I cant wait to see what she writes next. Highly recommended!
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a roller coaster of emotions. I've gone from snorting out loud to snot nosed ugly crying while reading this. Kathryn is a fantastic story teller, and I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't a work of fiction!
Margo Irvine
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed No Damage.
I was left full of admiration for the author's resilience and also for her story-telling abilities and fabulous sense of humour. There were several passages that I read a number of times because they were so funny and memorable.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thisbook made me laugh like a maniac and cry like a baby. So full of hope and humour in the face of life. Thanks Kat you made me know more about you and remember a fantastic holiday with the Great Whites. Now I'm off to watch Amelie, again
Lucy Crump
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Damage is brilliantly written and had me both laughing and crying throughout. An inspirational book that proves dreams can be realised in even the toughest of circumstances. I highly recommend.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book and a reminder that when life knocks you down you get back up and don't let it hold you back.
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Kathryn is a freelance editor and writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks. In 2015, she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. She is a trained scuba diving instructor and great white shark safari guide and has lived in the UK, Egypt and South Africa. She currently ...more