The Row To Recovery

The Row To Recovery

From the Battlefield to Barbados: An Incredible Voyage of Extraordinary Courage


By Sam Peters

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ISBN: 9781907637827

Format: Hardback

Pages: 352

Size: 234 X 153

Weight: 499grammes

Published: November 2012

The Row to Recoveryis an incredible account of triumph over adversity, telling the story of each man’s personal journey from the battlefield to Barbados and culminating in the near-disastrous trans-Atlantic crossing attempt which captured the British public’s imagination over the winter of 2011/12. They even received a satellite phone call from Prince Harry, broadcast live to a huge global audience, while in the middle of the Atlantic.

Their incredible voyage was beset with horrendous physical, mental and technical difficulties which saw the crew forced onto emergency rations for 17 days when their water purifier broke. One crew member – above-knee amputee Rory Mackenzie – spent Christmas Day extracting pieces of shrapnel from his buttock as the exertion of the gruelling challenge almost proved too much.

The crew’s traumatic and incident-packed crossing generated enormous media interest, including 16 appearances on ITV News, which peaked when they arrived in Barbados, after 50 days 23 hours and 12 minutes at sea, to be greeted by a huge crowd of friends, family and well-wishers led by an emotional Sir Cliff Richard. Their arrival made the front page of The Sunday Telegraph and generated worldwide interest.

With their aim of raising £1 million for their wounded comrades and their families, as well as awareness of the issues they face, The Row to Recovery story is an inspirational, humbling and often harrowing Royalties from this book help account of bravery almost beyond belief.

About the author

Sam Peters is a freelance sports journalist who works primarily for the Mail on Sunday. He has written for every national newspaper title since gaining a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University, London in 2004. He is a guest pundit on TalkSport Radio and has appeared on the Cricket Writers on Television program on Sky Sports.

In 1996 Sam spent his gap year as a platoon commander in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers after being commissioned from Sandhurst Military Academy with a short service limited commission. A succession of shoulder dislocations sustained playing rugby while studying politics at Edinburgh University put an end to his hopes of joining the Army in the long term, but he retained a deep-seated respect and admiration for the military as he embarked on his new career in the media.

After agreeing to help his friend and Row2Recovery co-founder Alex Mackenzie, Sam played a central role in driving media and PR coverage of the Row2Recovery campaign, speaking to the crew by satellite phone on every single day of the crossing.

The Row to Recovery is Sam’s first book. He lives in west London with his wife, Deborah.

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