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Seize the Day: My Autobiography

Tanni Grey-Thompson

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ISBN 10: 0340819715 / ISBN 13: 9780340819715
Published by Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 2001
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2001-10-04. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. . Hardcover. Book: GOOD. 271pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1624696

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Title: Seize the Day: My Autobiography

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: GOOD

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Tanni Grey-Thompson has performed at world-class level for the past thirteen years, in distances ranging from 100m to the marathon. Her 13 Paralympic medals, eight medal placings in the London Marathon and her comprehensive set of British and World Records make her achievements second to none in the disability sport arena. Here she talks candidly about her early life and ambitions, before offering a colourful account of her success in the four Paralympic Games in which she has been involved. Tanni talks incisively about disability sporting issues and reveals how she set about becoming a world-class athlete.


Seize theDay tells the story of how the girl from Glossop Terrace in Cardiff became Britain's best-known paralympic athlete, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and OBE. In a cynical world Tanni Grey-Thompson is no less than an old fashioned hero. Born with spina bifida, she's gone on to win 14 paralympic medals and a whole slew of international sporting awards.

In a straightforward format we follow Tanni Grey-Thompson's life from the first realisation that she was disabled through her school years to her 13-year career competing at professional level. Throughout her childhood she was supported by a loving family that gave her a unique mixture of true grit, sensitivity and feisty confidence. Her strong character enabled her to overcome painful surgery and prejudice against disabled people to catch the vision of becoming a world-class athlete. Her sporting accomplishments are truly heroic, but underneath the triumphant athlete we glimpse a down-to-earth person with a plucky sense of humour and real humility. Her life shows how much disabled people can accomplish; it also reproves the able-bodied for our prejudice, laziness and lack of accomplishment. The writing style is very direct and conversational--at times this chatty cheerfulness may grate a little for certain readers. Sometimes the memoir descends into trivial reminiscence, but then suddenly the hero is facing another challenge and we join her again on a heroic quest that is absorbing, affirming and inspiring. -- Dwight Longenecker

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