Author D.D. Mayers
Publisher AUK Authors
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
This book tells the story of one man’s journey from happiness to despair and back again. At thirty-two and at the peak of health, D.D. Mayers lived in a Kenyan paradise with his beautiful wife. Then tragedy struck; an accident left him paralysed from the waist down, destined to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Mayers takes the reader on an emotional yet witty and amusing tour of his life, guiding us from his childhood (and the ‘pointless’ schooling he receives) through to his emergence as a young man who somehow finds himself earning money as a professional actor. One role takes him to Kenya, where we meet his wonderful wife, and we join the two for a trip through the Middle East, many years before war ravaged much of its warmth and beauty. After moving to London for a number of years, the couple return to Kenya – only for them to experience a life-changing event. The gripping storytelling throughout the book takes us from the author’s despair and feelings of worthlessness all the way through to a final, peaceful contentment.
You will laugh and you will cry – but you won’t be able to put the book down.
What did I think?
Wow! Firstly, I want to say just how inspiring ‘You Have Not A Leg To Stand On’ is. Mayers has truly captured my heart and also inspired me to do more with my life. It really is a remarkable story how a man in such an unfortunate position has experience so much in his life.
There are times when you cringe for Mayers, times your laughing out loud and times where you’re reaching for the tissues. It really is a roller-coaster of a read and I strongly urge anyone to read it. I honestly don’t know how Mayers managed to persevere throughout all the barriers he has come across in his life but his life story is truly amazing and inspiring.
My only piece of ‘criticism’ (and the only reason it’s not a full 5* review from me) is that I would personally have preferred ‘You Have Not A Leg To Stand On’ to be in chronological order. I often found it quite difficult to keep up with where in Mayers life certain events happened and if it wasn’t for that, there would be a 5* review sat here instead.
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?