- Author Richard Hammond
I’ve put off reading this for a while because it felt like a personal story that wasn’t really any of my business. But then I saw that Hammond was remembering the ten year anniversary of his crash and thanking everyone that helped him, and I realised it probably is a story that is worth reading, if only to realise how thankful we should all be for the amazing medical profession.
It’s a good memoir, written by both Richard and his wife Mindy. There are a few brief chapters explaining Richard’s daredevil character and how he ended up sitting on that runway in a drag racer, but the majority of the chapters are about his immediate and more prolonged recovery.
If I have any complaints, it is only that I would have preferred more about the after effects, the emotional journey, the difficult time had relating and remembering the real world. Instead, much of it was focused on the first couple of weeks, where it was about immediate damage control and mostly in the hands of the medical profession. Telling the story of how brain injuries like this affect your life for such a long time afterwards would be perhaps more useful - but equally is a very personal set of circumstances to ask someone to share.
So, instead, bravo to Richard and Mindy for sharing their story, and hopefully it can raise awareness and bring comfort for anyone in a similar position.