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Losing the Battle, Winning the War: How we can all defy the odds we're given

Ben Parkinson

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Coping with disability

The inspirational story of how the most injured soldier from the Afghanistan conflict defied all odds by surviving, talking and walking again, and the incredible feats he's undertaken for charity since - proving that we can all survive adversity and thrive on it when we back ourselves.

'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

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

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.

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Praise for Losing the Battle, Winning the War: How we can all defy the odds we're given

  • It will move you - not just to tears but fury...a brilliantly visceral and detailed account - The Times

  • One of many reasons for reading this military memoir and self-help guide is to remind yourself what a proper hero looks like ... Losing The Battle, Winning The War is that rare thing - a book that's recommended unreservedly - Mirror

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