Touching Distance is the new book written by both Olympic athlete James Cracknell and his wife Bev Turner after a horrific accident which left James with severe frontal lobe brain damage. Essentially after the accident he was not the man he used to be. In Bev’s own words “James was not the man I married.”- he actually tried to strangle her at one point!
This video acts as a preview to their story before the book launch on 25th October. The book is told from both of their perspectives and neither of them edited each other’s versions so it is hauntingly honest and tells the story of their struggle to get “back to normal,” in the aftermath of the accident. Get James’ book on Amazon
James Cracknell and Beverley Turner:Touching Distance
New book reveals the truth behind the headlines and how they’ve rebuilt their lives
In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life’s simple challenges.
A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again.
Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account of what followed told by them both as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives.
With a book release on 25th October this short film offers a touching insight into how the couple struggled with the aftermath of James’ accident and how the cathartic process of writing the book helped piece their lives back together.