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June Opie's account of her battle to overcome polio became an instant best-seller. FORTY YEARS ON is June's account of her life since returning to New Zealand. Her recuperation continued, and the battle against social prejudice and preconceptions began. From the regulations preventing her from graduating from university, to her right to independence and paid employment, June encountered bureaucracy, ignorance and inflexibility. Her reward was a fulfilling career as a speech therapist, clinical psychologist and international writer and critic. She also found time to travel extensively; often on her own."

"Though London doctors considered 'letting her go' not only did June Opie survive polio but she wrote a book about her experiences that inspired people around the world. Over My Dead Body was an uplifting read and testimony to a young girl's indomitable courage. It was hailed as a best seller after winning world wide acclaim. According to Opie, it was simply a way to say thank you to the people who helped her during her illness. She was once quoted as saying, 'A senior pathologist told me years afterwards that he looked at me, wondered what sort of life I would ever lead and considered just pulling the plug on the life support system. I'm very conscious of the fact that through their unfailing diligence, the staff of St Mary's Hospital gave me a second chance in life. I didn't want to write a book just about myself. Over My Dead Body was intended as a thank you from my heart to those people." hard back

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  • Seller location: Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, NZ

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