After the Crash

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Random House, May 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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'In the pit of my stomach, as I kissed my four-year-old son Lio and my darling wife Sasha goodbye, I knew something was up. By that evening, the police had told me about the crash.

'Lio's bright and talented mother was killed that day, and he narrowly escaped the same fate. But instead of it being an ending for us, the crash was a beginning.

'Lio's miraculous recovery from severe brain damage and a coma defied medical science. As I witnessed his astonishing journey - from intensive care bed to 10 Downing Street - and fought to pull him through horrific injuries and the loss of his mother, I found real purpose and meaning for the first time in my life.'

After the Crash is much more than a moving personal story. It's a handbook for dealing with disaster, not just surviving it but mastering it and using it to transform your life for the better.


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This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Very well written it is as deeply moving, as it is Poignant.
This is the true inspiring story encompassing Love, Faith, passion
, determination and drama, culminating in victory against all odds of one man’s love for his son, who nearly died in nasty road crash
Martin Spinelli quickly immerses us in the idyllic life he shared with his beautiful wife Sasha and son Lio.
Balancing the competing challenges of careers versus family life and time together
Starting from when he first met Shasha, their long distance courtship, love, marriage and aspirations to the arrival of their son Lio.
Reading this book will take you through almost every emotion imaginable from fear, grief, pain suffering to shear joy, thankfulness, kindness, forgiveness empathy, anguish, anger, despondency, to victory over adversity joy and playfulness to what really matters in life.
We are led through a vortex of all these elements woven together in an ever unfolding sequence of events from Leo teetering between life and death to the miraculous ongoing recovery, defying doctors grim prognoses with courage, determination and love.
A great read from a story you will not want to put down.


Part 1
In the Mountains
Where to Be
The Crash
Reviving Lio
A Storm Diary
Part 2
Chocolate Mousse
Tackling Giants
A Beacon
Lios drawing of him and Sasha done two years after the crash
At our wedding reception at the Grange in Lewes
Sasha mountain climbing while pregnant Lios favourite story about his mother
Lio with his grandmothers Penny and Trudy on the day of his christening
Lio at seven months having a bath at the Mill
Sasha and Lio walking on the same mountain trail that Sasha and I hiked on the first time we were in the mountains together

Time with Sasha
Nissan Micra v Scania Lorry
Telling Your Child
Part 3
The Media and the Victim Statement
A Burglary
Counting the Taxis
Part 4
Number 10
Io Spio
40 Years
Dear Mr Vandermeulen
Lio in the mountains north of the Mill just prior to meeting some baby goats
Campo San Lio Venice
Lio plays in woods behind his grandmothers house in New Jersey
Lio and Sasha together in the Dolomites for the last time
Lio in a French field two weeks before the crash
Ten days after the crash
The cast comes off
Lio rides his bike again for the first time since the crash
With Tony Blair at No 10
Lio and me on his sixth birthday in Lewes
Climbing the Tofane in the Dolomites Italy

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About the author (2012)

Martin Spinelli is a senior lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. He has authored dozens of essays in anthologies and journals such as Postmodern Culture, Convergence and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. His innovative radio features and his series LINEbreak and Radio Radio have been heard on BBC Radio, as well as on stations around the world.

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