Losing the Battle, Winning the War

Losing the Battle, Winning the War

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In September 2006, Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson was travelling through Helmand Province when his armoured Land Rover hit a mine. He suffered 37 injuries in all, including losing both legs, breaking his pelvis and spine, and suffering brain damage. For this he has become known as the most injured soldier to survive the Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. After the explosion, doctors didn’t think Ben would survive – then they didn’t think he’d wake up, or talk again, or walk again. Ben confounded them all. More than that, the disabilities he survived with taught him how many other people are suffering too, many who didn’t get the 22 years’ quality of life that he had. This is the story of a young man in his prime who seemingly lost everything fighting for his country – only to prove that strength of spirit and mind can overcome even the greatest of hurdles.

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'A great and inspiring book from Doncaster's bravest son. Read it in a day' - Jeremy Clarkson

'Ben is the embodiment of positive thinking. What he has achieved, in large part through willpower, is nothing short of miraculous. An inspiration to us all' - Ant Middleton

The story of Ben Parkinson MBE, the most injured soldier to have survived Afghanistan

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What were you doing when you were 22? Where were you in the world? What did you want to do with your life?
Ben Parkinson was a 6'4" Paratrooper. He was in Afghanistan fighting for his country. He wanted to always be a soldier, to be a father and to get home in one piece. But we don't always get what we want. So the question is: how do we react when that happens? Easy:
You find something new to fight for.

Ben Parkinson MBE is an inspiration to everyone. He suffered 37 injuries when his Land Rover hit a mine in Helmand in 2006, including brain damage, breaking his back and losing both his legs. This book follows the story of what led him to that moment his life changed forever - and what happened next. Doctors didn't think Ben could survive the trauma - then they didn't think he would wake up, or talk again, or walk again. Time after time, Ben pushed the ceiling on what was possible, going on to carry the Olympic flame in 2012 and receiving an MBE for the enormous feats he has undertaken for charity.

What he has achieved in the face of adversity - for others as well as for himself - is nothing short of a miracle. Nerve-wracking, heart-warming and full of classic soldier's humour, Losing the Battle, Winning the War is a book you'll be thinking about long after the last page.

'Ben Parkinson is my hero. His story is one of immeasurable courage and character, a testament to the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit' Dan Jarvis MP, author of Long Way Home

Additional information

Weight 0.56 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.8 × 3.6 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

304

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

362.4092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K