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Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson The shocking controversial and moving story of Matt Hampson the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralyzed in an England training session Engage was the last word Matt Hampson heard bef

  • Title: Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson
  • Author: Paul Kimmage
  • ISBN: 9781847372703
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The shocking, controversial, and moving story of Matt Hampson, the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralyzed in an England training session Engage was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls On a cold, gray day in 2005, the cream of the young English rugby crop gathered at a NorThe shocking, controversial, and moving story of Matt Hampson, the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralyzed in an England training session Engage was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls On a cold, gray day in 2005, the cream of the young English rugby crop gathered at a Northampton training ground Matt Hampson, Hambo to his mates, was one of them His skill, conviction, and dedication had brought him to the cusp of realizing his dream of playing professionally, in an England U21 team that included Olly Morgan, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, and James Haskell But as the two sets of forwards engaged for a scrum on the training field, the scrum collapsed and Matt, who played tight head prop, took the full force of two opposing sides In that moment his life changed forever Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote an award winning piece on him for the Sunday Times They struck up a friendship which led to this spectacular book where Paul tells Matt s whole story, in all its intimate detail From the build up to the dreadful day, to Matt s recuperation, to his struggle to adjust back to normal life, this is a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace and of a boy who became a man.

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    About "Paul Kimmage"

    1. Paul Kimmage

      Paul Kimmage is an Irish sports journalist who, until his departure in early 2012, wrote for the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom He is a former professional road bicycle racer Kimmage was born into a cycling family.

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    1. Finished this today the version I read was 395 not the 200+ suggests.Thoroughly enjoyed the book, such a tragic story but such a great read. Whether that's Hampson's sense of humor or Kimmage's writing style I don't know but I liked it.I didn't know too much about Hampson, I knew who he was and I heard about his injury at the time but haven't paid much attention to it until my friend lent me the book (a few years ago now) and I finally picked it off the shelf a little over a week ago.Must say I [...]


    2. As an Occupational Therapist you are often seeking to gain a glimmer of an understanding and empathy for the people you treat and I think books such as these offer something significant to clinicians in that the story is wholly owned by the person and not filtered by the illusions of the medical and rehabilitation professions.This is brutally honest throughout and very well written, I think Matt knew what he was doing in seeking a writer to work with/for him. Their device for telling the story i [...]


    3. A confession. When I picked this book up in Waterstones, I assumed it was a straightforward, ghost-written autobiography. I knew all about Matt Hampson's awful injury and, while I have little interest in rugby, I thought his story would be compelling. But I'd been impulsive and missed something crucial - the fact that the author was Paul Kimmage. Had I spotted that up front, I'd never have gone near it.Kimmage, you see, is a mystifyingly garlanded sports journalist (and former pro cyclist) who h [...]


    4. (Kindle)Great book. Contrary to some other reviews I've read I actually thought Kimmage achieved what should be the ultimate goal in all ghost-writing: to truly become a ghost and make the reader forget that there is anyone between them and the subject—which is exactly what happened to me. I really felt like this was Matt's story, and promptly forget about anyone else's involvement shortly after a mention of Kimmage in Matt's house, getting flustered by the sight of Lance Armstrong's biography [...]


    5. Matt Hampson was a rising England rugby star when he broke his neck training and was paralysed from the neck down. He was just 20 years of age. The story of that traumatic event and Matt's journey through hell is agonisingly chronicled by Paul Kimmage, a former cyclist who was relentless in his pursuit of cheating in his sport. One of the most shocking things is the venom directed towards Stoke Mandeville Hospital - the national spinal injuries centre that became closely associated with celebrit [...]


    6. I bought this book because I saw the tail end of Paul Kimmage and Matt Hampson being interviewed on Breakfast television several years ago. I wondered why Paul Kimmage would write a book about a relatively unknown sportsman. Paul Kimmage's book, Rough Ride, was my favourite cycling book (though The Rider by Tim Krabbe is pretty good too). I therefore decided to read it. I thought there were a few dodgy stylistic touches to start. I did not like the sex scene myself. My favourite bits were courtr [...]


    7. I played rugby a lot in my youth and felt duty-bound to pick this up at some point. It's a great read and has some curious twists on the typical autobiography. There's a lot of re-imagined dreamlike scenarios whilst the court proceedings are done in the third-person. I'm sure this is done for dramatic effect but in my mind it ever-so slightly trivalised the circumstances surrounding Matt's tragic accident: I would have been just as interested to read about the formal enquiry process in the usual [...]


    8. where to start,?FANTASTIC,touching,quite a harrowing tale in some respects,which also compassionately includes tales of others who have had spinal injuries,despite what he has been through this bloke is NOT self centeredkes you realise how we take our bodies for granted,so quickly life can change for anybody,in any situationge respect for Matt Hampson and how he coped,including his relatives and friends,what a chap."engaging" read !.i found it hard to put down,made me also realise how brutal Rug [...]


    9. This is a sports biography, but it isn't. It's like no other sports biography because rather than celebrating a career, the story starts at the end of a career, or rather, the title of the book. The last word Matt Hampson heard before a scrum collapsed on him and he broke his spine. Confined to a wheelchair, the story of his struggle to come to terms with his new life, and his fight to make a difference despite his disability should be the dictionary definition of 'Inspiring'.


    10. I wasn't in love with the dream like sequences but the bulk of the book is excellent. Well worth a read and makes you think how lucky you are, not just the stories of people like Matt who got hurt playing rugby but there are so many people in the book who get seriously injured in what are freak accidents.



    11. Featuring the greatest personification of Satan in all literature, here taking the form of Lawrence Dallaglio in his Wasp kit.



    12. what a good alternative from the normal run of the mill sports biographies, full of emotion and humour and how the human spirit and determination to take on a crisis and make the best of it




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