Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson to tell life story with release of new book

Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson is to tell is remarkable life story and road to recovery in a new book detailing his incredible journey.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:38 pm

Britian’s most serioulsy injured Afghanistan veteran will reveal all in the autobiography which will be released tomorrow.

Losing The Battle, Winning The War charts the hero paratrooper’s amazing journey – and how he has battled back from the brink of death to become one of Britain’s best loved and inspirational charity fundraisers.

Ben suffered 37 injuries when his Land Rover hit a mine in Helmand in 2006, including brain damage, breaking his back and losing both his legs.

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Ben Parkinson is to release his autobiography.
Ben Parkinson is to release his autobiography.

In the days after the blast, doctors told the family to prepare for the worst.

But that was just the start of an amazing road to recovery which saw Ben, 36, defy the medics, learning to walk and talk again – and his incredible and moving walk through Doncaster town centre with the Olympic torch in 2012 when thousands of people cheered him on in one of the most emotional events ever seen in the town.

Now he has detailed all those events and more in the autobiography

A spokesman for the book said: “He wanted to always be a soldier, to be a father and to get home in one piece. But we don't always get what we want. So the question is: how do we react when that happens?

"Easy - you find something new to fight for.”

The book follows the story of what led him to the moment his life changed forever - and what happened next.

"Time after time, Ben pushed the ceiling on what was possible, going on to carry the Olympic flame in 2012 and receiving an MBE for the enormous feats he has undertaken for charity.

“What he has achieved in the face of adversity - for others as well as for himself - is nothing short of a miracle. Nerve-wracking, heart-warming and full of classic soldier's humour, Losing the Battle, Winning the War is a book you'll be thinking about long after the last page."

* Losing The Battle, Winning The War by Ben Parkinson published on April 29 by Little, Brown, priced at £20.