Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story

We are looking forward to releasing this book in the beginning of December …

glory-game-joost-van-der-westhuizen-book-coverTo live the life of a legend.

To be handed a death sentence.

To discover true courage.

To live life.

In 2011 the world was shocked when the news broke that Joost van der Westhuizen, known for years as the golden boy of South African rugby and a former Springbok captain, had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND). This rare condition attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability.  There is no known cure.

All who have seen Joost in action will know that he is not one to give up without a fight. His game-changing prowess as a brilliant scrum half is now focused on a battle for survival and, more importantly, on making a difference to the lives of others with the disease.

In a race against time, Joost has a dream to fulfil. He says: “In the beginning you go through all the emotions and you ask, ‘Why me?’ It’s quite simple. ‘Why not me?’ If I have to go through this to help future generations, why not me?” His acceptance of his symptoms is equally pragmatic: “One day you can’t move your arm, another day you don’t have speech. Every day you are reborn and you take the day as it comes.”

Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story is a compelling narrative of redemption set against the backdrop of an illustrious career in rugby. It is the story of a modern-day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. Joost shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body the spirit can remain invincible.

This book is based on the scenes and the behind-the-scenes of the Glory Game documentary.

 

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    Release of Miles Kubheka’s book VUYO’S

    We’re really looking forward to releasing this book at the end of the month – Vuyo’s: From a big big dreamer to living the dream.

    Vuyo's - Miles Kubheka 3D Look

    Miles Kubheka, the author, created a successful food business based on the fictitious television advert character Vuyo, and in his book he shares his experiences with an enthusiasm that we know will encourage and inspire budding entrepreneurs.

    Click HERE to read more about this book.

     

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      Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon – FUNDED!

      Such an outpouring of love and support for Tracy Todd. Her publishing dream has become a reality.

      We reached our goal on the Thundafund campaign and Tracy’s memoir, Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon, will be on all good bookstore’s shelves in February 2017.

      Tracy Todd - Thundafund

      Thank you everyone!

       

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        A Crowdfunding Campaign for Tracy Todd’s Memoir

        And now, for something a little different – a crowdfunding campaign to see Tracy Todd’s memoir, Brave Lotus Flower Rides the Dragon, published.

        Here’s a little about Tracy and her book …

        Tracy Todd HeineLives can be changed in an instant. For Tracy Todd, that moment came in April 1998. She had walked out of her home with her husband, holding their baby on her hip and dragging a suitcase packed with beach clothes. Seven weeks later, she was pushed through their front door in a wheelchair, unable to move anything except her head.

        Everything had changed.

        In her memoir Tracy reconstructs the horrifying moments of the accident, and her memory of the split second when she realised that her neck had broken and that from this moment on, everything would be different.

        We follow her through the first awful days and weeks of her rehabilitation, when she began to learn that everything she’d taken for granted before was now beyond her reach: she couldn’t, at least initially, breathe without assistance, talk, or eat, or evacuate her bowels. When, at her own insistence, she was put in a wheelchair, she fainted repeatedly. She hoped to die.

        But eventually she went home. Ramps were built. Showers were adapted. Her one-year-old son learned that his mother was different. And her husband at first rejected and then abandoned her.

        Against all odds, Tracy chose to live – and to do so independently. Divorced, and living on her own with helpers, Tracy learned to turn what had appeared to be a life of humiliation and victim-hood into one in which she took charge of her choices and learned what options were available.

        Tracy lives in Mbombela and has become an accomplished and much-sought-after public speaker, inspiring many with her story. She has played a significant and critical role in raising her son. And most significantly, she has found love and emotional fulfilment.

        Her story, written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, is engrossing, emotionally engaging, humorous and sometimes frustrating, but it never fails to inspire.

        Brave Lotus Flower Rides the Dragon is an honest and intimate memoir that looks into the life of a South African quadriplegic. Many people have never met a quadriplegic and have no idea how to respond when they do. Tracy’s candid details of how she has coped, physically and emotionally, with various day-to-day activities like eating, reading, writing, communicating, bathing and going to the toilet, as well as her romantic and sexual experiences, lays it all bare.

        She is a woman who will touch your heart.

        Thundafund - Tracy Todd's MemoirHere is the link to Tracy’s campaign page on Thundafund, where you can read a little more about our project, what the different pledge amounts are, and what the associated rewards are for each pledge level: https://thundafund.com/project/bravelotusflowerridesthedragon

        And watch Tracy talking about her book, and why she wants to get her story published …

         

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          Marco Broccardo and Gareth Cliff talking about the book ROCKS

          Rocks - Marco BroccardoMarco Broccardo’s story is one that really shouldn’t have been told. Thankfully though it was and is captured in his book Rocks: One Man’s Climb from Drugs to Dreams. Discover how he flirted with death on several occasions as drugs and addiction gripped his life, and how he was able to escape from its hold to take his life to new heights.

          Click HERE to listen to his interview with Gareth Cliff on CliffCentral.

          Marco Broccardo on CliffCentral

           

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