Gripping memoir ‘Where did I go?’ is celebrating a year at the top of the Amazon Bestsellers list. Launched in April 2016, the year since has seen the book feature heavily in the national press and at brain injury conferences. Author Polly Williamson is now a regular speaker at Headway (brain injury charity) events and her book is now the recommended reading for both victims and families of those who have suffered a severe brain trauma.
The latest Amazon Reader reviews say it all:
“This book is without a doubt one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read, i laughed and cried throughout the entire book. Polly is such an inspiration and I am left truly in awe of her, to suffer such an awful brain injury and come back fighting…… WOW. This book is a must read.”
“I’m astounded, moved, shocked, saddened, but mostly in awe and admiration of Polly and Toby.
What a moving, heartfelt and searingly honest account of the cliff face she had to climb.”
“Polly Williamson has inspired me in my recovery from a brain injury , in fact some of the ‘journey’ which Polly describes so graphically has been mine too. She has given me encouragement but more than that, hope that by the time I too am four and a half years along the recovery road, I will be as able and eloquent as she is.”
Polly Williamson’s life changed the day a dramatic incident with a young horse left her with a horrific head injury. She was a horse trainer and former Champion eventer. She was a wife and mother to two young boys. The accident severed her connection to this former life. It stole away her ability to care for her children and left her struggling to rediscover who she was.
Surviving a near fatal brain injury brings a person face to face with the very basis of their identity. Some will be lucky and pick up their former lives with barely a missed step. Others will have everything that holds them to who they were stripped away by brain damage.
Polly has had her world shattered and seen the fragments of her identity laid bare. Where did I go? is the powerful record of her efforts to pick up the pieces and put her life back together again.