“A compelling story of how humour, friendship, grace and sheer grit can triumph over unthinkable catastrophe. Diana Morgan-Hill’s unflinching memoir is proof that what does not kill us makes us strong.” Liz Jensen, author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
“Proves that women of courage are not born, but made so by their own blood, sweat and tears.” Rosie Jones,National Trust’s First Writer in Residence
“Diana’s disability story is balanced with humour, joie-de-vivre and an unquenchable determination to live life to the full, on her terms, legs or no legs.” Susie Kelly, Author
“The last time I ran was for a train….”
At the age of 29, Diana Hill fell under a London train. In 7 seconds the tall, glamorous businesswoman went from busy woman of the world with everything to live for to double-leg amputee, her life in ruins. Then it got worse. A few days after her accident, as she lay in hospital, traumatised and heavily sedated, she learnt via a newspaper article that the railway’s Transport Police were to interview “The Fall Girl”, as the Press had labelled her, with a view to prosecution. She had boarded a moving train, they said, and trespassed onto their railway line. Her fight for justice took 5 years and was, she declares with no hesitation, a more harrowing experience than having both of her legs ‘stolen’ from her.
As any young, single woman would be, Diana was shocked to the core by the sudden, catastrophic change in her body image. What man would ever love her now? The issues surrounding sexuality and disability are explored here with stark honesty as she recalls her complicated love life, the High Court dramas, and the rawness of her pain amidst a turmoil of emotion, all told with tremendous humour, charm and heart. For Diana loves to tell stories. Especially true ones.
A brutally honest, heartwarming memoir that shocks and delights in equal measure – when you’re not crying for her you’re laughing with her
“A computer is a thing that can be disabled, not a person.” Diana Morgan-Hill
As featured in The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror; ITV News, ITV This Morning with Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield; BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show; BBC Radio 5 Live, Ireland’s ‘Late Late Show’ Ryan Tubridy Show & more.
“This is a story of how indomitable the human spirit can be. If you want an example of hope over adversity but with all the struggle, heartbreak and pain along the way, then you will find it in this book. There is much that disabled people will recognise..” Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South 1997-2015
“I only read this book because of its relevance to my occupation, I approached it with a hardened attitude. I joined the railway soon after Diana’s accident in the era of slam-door trains… The novel-like style is a brilliant, powerful device; your mind is lulled into novel mode, then you will be ambushed with a sentence of heartbreaking, lacerating poignancy. It will drain you, make you weep make you laugh.. reminding you powerfully about the fragility of life & limb.” Mr D, A Train Driver
“Powerful and witty. It had me at the first line.” Tricia Walker, author of Benedict’s Brother
“This book was more of a page-turner than any novel I’ve read in a long time.” Louise Voss, Author
100+ UK Az Reviews.
“This book has all the twists & turns you’d expect in something penned by John Grisham. Except it isn’t fiction. I cried, I laughed, I was horrified and enraged and I couldn’t put the book down.”
“She has triumphantly overcome a disability which wld have destroyed most people Everyone shld read it.”
“Her determination to keep fighting shone through – equally I could not give up on it and I had to read it in one sitting.”
“A ‘ misery memoir ‘ like no other misery memoir, had me laughing and crying at the same time”
Proof that disability isn’t the End