The World I Fell Out Of by Melanie Reid
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genres: Non-Fiction, Autobiography/Memoir
Publication Date: 7th March 2019
“On Good Friday, 2010 Melanie Reid fell from her horse, breaking her neck and fracturing her lower back. She was 52.
Paralysed from the top of her chest down, she was to spend almost a full year in hospital, determinedly working towards gaining as much movement in her limbs as possible, and learning to navigate her way through a world that had previously been invisible to her.
As a journalist Melanie had always turned to words and now, on a spinal ward peopled by an extraordinary array of individuals who were similarly at sea, she decided that writing would be her life-line. The World I Fell Out Of is an account of that year, and of those that followed. It is the untold ‘back story’ behind Melanie’s award-winning ‘Spinal Column’ in The Times Magazine and a testament to ‘the art of getting on with it’.
Unflinchingly honest and beautifully observed, this is a memoir about the joy – and the risks – of riding horses, the complicated nature of heroism, the bonds of family and the comfort of strangers.
Above all, The World I Fell Out Of is a reminder that at any moment the life we know can be turned upside down – and a plea to start appreciating what we have while we have it. “
My Thoughts & Review
The World I fell out of tells the story of Melanie Reid’s journey of recovery after a horse riding accident left her paralysed from the chest down.
Although the subject matter is difficult to process at times the book itself was really easy to read. While reading this book I felt we really got to know Melanie Reid through this tough time of recovery, also hearing her narrate the audiobook herself made it even more personal.
It was a really interesting to read, and I really liked the way Melanie Reid describes her experiences. At times she is brutally honest, and at other times she tries to keep the descriptions dark but funny all at the same time.
Having a physical disability and being a wheelchair user, I was really able to relate to some of the struggles she faced.
This books really does make you think about the things you take for granted in everyday life. If you enjoy reading autobiographies/memories I highly recommend this one.
A big thank you to Laura over at Roachies Reviews for recommending this book.
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