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  • Things I Learned from Falling

  • By: Claire Nelson
  • Narrated by: Claire Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Summary

In 2018, Claire Nelson made international headlines. She was in her 30s and was beginning to burn out - her hectic London life of work and social activity and striving to do more and do better in the big city was frenetic and stressful. Although she was surrounded by people all of the time, she felt increasingly lonely.

When the anxiety she felt finally brought her to breaking point, Claire decided to take some time off and travelled to Joshua Tree Park in California to hike and clear her head. What happened next was something she could never have anticipated.

While hiking, Claire fell 25 feet, gravely injuring herself and she lay alone in the desert - mistakenly miles off any trail, without a cell phone signal, fighting for her life. She lay in the elements for four days until she was miraculously found - her rescuers had not expected to find her alive.

In Things I Learned from Falling Claire tells her incredible story and what it taught her about loneliness, anxiety and transformation and how to survive it all. 

©2019 Claire Nelson (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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Gripping!

Hard to put it down. Past and present trauma woven together well. Such tension. Phew!

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Incredible, inspiring and thought provoking

Couldn't stop listening. Absolutely loved it. What an incredible story and strength of character.

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What a pleasure to listen to such a great book

Well written, Well presented, Great lessons
Enjoyed listening the audio book
Thank you for sharing your story.
Recommend!!

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Incredible

Incredible story, beautifully written, Claire is a true inspiration and the story she tells is so honest heartfelt.

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wow

absolutely enthralling. such a strong account of a real event. incredible story so pleased its read by the author. I was glued to this

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Couldn’t stop listening

Initially I thought this would be about lots of travelling (good for while we are unable to at the moment) with an accident in it somewhere and subsequent recovery. It turned out to be so much more with honest descriptions of desperate moments mixed with laughing at lizards doing press-ups. This is a book with so much more than just travelling and surviving an awful accident, it’s about how to deal with life and making the very most of it. Thank you x

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Enjoyable and helpful

Incredible real life story. Entertaining, with a useful moral life message. Thought provoking. Excellent narration.

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Really great story with parallels drawn between the fall itself and broader fall in life

Really interesting story of Claire’s experiences of the physical fall as well as a boarder fall in life and what she learnt from it. Loads of things to take away from it. A really quick and easy listen. Narration felt a little unnatural - perhaps over-performanced.

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  • 24-05-21

Learn what goes through the head of a lost hiker

As a member of the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team, I learned much about what a lost person experiences. We spend so much time wondering where a lost person might be as we search back and forth across the desert. I followed the same route Claire where Claire took her fall and was wondering how she missed the sign for the trail. Now I know. Thank you Claire for writing this book.

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  • Brian
  • 08-07-22

good stuff!

why hike if I can sit on the couch? ohhhh, because i CAN! What a great listen. A bit horrific to hear as i am the overprepared hiker, however hearing the honesty in emotions is beautiful (and terrifying).