Part investigative tale, part time capsule, And a Bang on the Ear sees Philip painstakingly piece together the events that led up to, and followed, the accidental clash of heads that left him in a coma before waking up to 30 years of pain and paralysis.
Full of hope and humour, rage and rehabilitation, this is an autobiography unlike any other.
Phil Quinlan was a sports-mad fifteen year old when he packed his bag one Sunday morning in 1989 to play a game of football. A clash of heads on the pitch changed his life forever. Falling into a coma, he was given a twenty-five-percent chance to live. He regained consciousness six weeks later, waking to a world filled with pain.
Full of hope and humour, rage and despair, this is Phil’s story of chronic pain and rehabilitation, travelling the globe and finding love.
A hugely inspirational tale of determination to overcome the results of a devastating injury.
An extraordinary memoir
Phil is a true inspiration to anyone suffering from brain injuries.
heartbreaking and heart-warming. It’s devastatingly honest and at the same time entertaining and engaging, a tale worth reading
a must read and such a powerful book. Phil’s own personal story shines a much needed light on brain injury in sport and how one’s life can change forever in one moment, one second
an exceptional book. Superbly written and constructed by @steveohrourke, it's the most originally put together autobiography I've seen in years. Incredible candour and insight from @philquinlan. It's a tough but wonderful read
hard to put down. Such a moving, inspiring, and honest story of rehabilitation and love
powerful, emotional, and immensely readable
Navan man Phil’s story is woven with perspectives from others, family relatives and friends, so the narrative is non-linear, keeping the reader engaged throughout. Steve O’Rourke, as ghost writer, has captured the consistency in Quinlan’s voice and sense of humour that is persistent and authentic … This is a highly recommended, life-affirming story of a giant among men
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