Where Did I Go?

Rediscovering My Identity, Lost After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Polly Williamson (author)

“8 December 2011: I went to a small horse competition in the morning. That much I do remember. After that absolutely nothing…” 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. When former Champion eventer Polly Williamson sustained a traumatic brain injury in a horrific incident with a young horse she was given a 33% chance of returning to life as a wife and mother. It severed her connection to her former self and for a long time it stole away her ability to care for her children. Polly was left struggling to relate to who she was. Brave and beautifully honest, Where did I go? is the powerful yet positive account of Polly’s journey to rediscover the pieces of her identity, lost after a traumatic brain injury. With a special foreword by HRH The Princess Royal.

Publisher: Crumps Barn Studio LLPISBN: 9780993179976
Number of pages: 281


The Fall: TBI-From Injury to Recovery Outside the Box

Kathleen Bartl (author)

THE FALL takes its readers on a journey that could have ended before it began. The human spirit is tested to its limits by the kindness of loved ones and strangers. The creative process used in rebuilding her life takes the author on a journey testing her own self worth, her ability to survive gut wrenching experiences and her reliance on human kindness. THE FALL walks you through a horrible loss that begins a journey to test the unknown. Rebuilding oneself outside the box is a journey worth taking.



On the Edge

Richard Hammond (author)
Richard Hammond is one of our most in-demand and best-loved television presenters. On September 20, 2006, he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash, and the nation held its breath. On the Edge is his compelling account of life before and after the accident and an honest description of his year of recovery, full of drama and incident. It is also, perhaps, his explanation of why, as a married man and father of two young daughters, he was prepared to risk all by strapping himself to the front of a jet engine with the power of eleven Formula One cars. A daredevil and a petrolhead long before his association with Top Gear, Richard tells the story of his life as an adrenalin junkie, from the small boy showing off with ridiculous stunts on his bicycle to the adolescent with a near-obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of petrol. After a series of jobs in local radio, he graduated to television and eventually to Top Gear, one of the world’s most popular shows, upgrading his car with each step up the ladder. His insights into the personalities, the camaraderie and, of course, the stunts for which Top Gear has become famous make compulsive reading.It was whilst filming for Top Gear, driving a jet-powered dragster at speeds over 300mph, that a tyre burst and the car left the track and rolled over, burying him in the earth. He was airlifted to hospital and hovered near death for several days. His wife Mindy tells the story of the anxious hours and days of watching and waiting until he finally emerged from his coma. In an extraordinarily powerful piece of writing, she and Richard then piece together the stages of his recovery as his shattered mind slowly reformed, leaving him sometimes lucid and plausible, sometimes confused and angry, and often exhausted. The final chapter recounts his return home and his triumphant reappearance in front of the cameras.
First TV Interview after the Crash