Following the success of Paragon on ITV last night, a documentary about a former commando's quest to become the world's fastest amputee over 10k, deCoubertin Books is delighted to announce the publication of Andy Grant’s story, You’ll Never Walk…
His is the tale of how a dream career in the Royal Marines descended into nightmare. How an explosion during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan left Andy’s life in tatters, inflicting 27 different injuries; how rehabilitation partially remedied the horror of the blast but left him facing a lifetime of impairment.
After two years confined to a wheelchair, Andy made a colossal decision - one which few close to him could fathom. Against the advice of doctors and pleas from his beleaguered father, he chose to have his right leg amputated. The operation was a success – although there was a minor twist. Where before Andy’s treasured Liverpool FC tattoo had carried the message ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, surgery to create a stump removed a key word from the slogan. The scars of his amputation had been decorated with an ominous new motto, which read ‘You’ll Never Walk…’
But Andy would walk again – he would do much more than that. A new life without boundaries presented itself – a life dedicated to inspiring others. He learned to run again, scaled mountains in South America and Italy and claimed two gold medals at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. Through public speaking he brought hope to countless ordinary people and through sheer passion, he took back his life to become a world-beater and inspire a host of sporting greats.
You’ll Never Walk…will be published in 2018 and written in collaboration with journalist and producer, Phil Reade.
If you missed it last night, you can catch Paragon on ITV Player here.