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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited memoir of one of Australia's most enduring and inspiring sporting icons.

Triple Olympian and wellness entrepreneur Lisa Curry has lived her life in the public eye for six decades. In this very personal memoir, she shares the untold story of being Lisa.

A swimming prodigy who became one of Australia's first fitness entrepreneurs, Lisa Curry swam to Olympic fame in the '80s and '90s. With celerity and celebrity, she became in equal parts the darling of women's magazines and tabloid fodder, until, at 58, a family tragedy nearly consumed her. From the golden girl of Australian swimming to a 'super mum' and now a proud grannie, Lisa Curry has a powerful story to tell of endurance and enduring.

In 1972, ten-year-old Lisa escaped the heat of a hot and muggy Brisbane day in the local pool when she was spotted by Dawn Fraser's legendary swim coach, Harry Gallagher. Within two years of joining his swim squad, Lisa would be one of the fastest swimmers of her age in the world.

Over the next 23 years, Lisa honed her natural talent with a legendary work ethic and a punishing training ritual of 5 am starts. Countless hours of long, unbroken swimming of up to 60km a week in solitary union with the black lines of the pool would take Lisa to three Olympic Games: Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, and Barcelona 1992; three Commonwealth Games; and two World Championships. By the time Lisa called time on her sporting career, she had become the only Australian to hold Commonwealth and Australian records in every stroke except backstroke, and from 50 to 400 metres, a feat that has not been repeated to this day.

In this funny, heartbreaking but always life-affirming memoir, Lisa Curry reflects on a life well lived and the experiences that shaped her: swimming, family, marriage, divorce, and love found again. It is a powerful story of resilience, of highs and lows, and of starting out and starting again.

©2022 Lisa Curry (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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wow

I laughed, cried, smiled, its real and its raw, could not stop listening to it.

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Very real and heartfelt

This was very powerful. I dont follow swimming or anything but i like autobiographies. The way Lisa discusses grief and her journey is very powerful and impactful as she tells it straight from her heart.

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Not what I expected

I loved this audiobook. Lisa tells her story like she's talking to you over a cup of coffee, with all the raw emotion shared between friends. I haven't followed her career but I loved listening to this story. Highly recommend.

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Absolutely heartfelt

Lisa Curry you are absolutely amazing. My heart aches for you. I honestly have learnt so much about Lisa Curry. What an incredible inspirational beautiful human she is. A MUST READ. I wish I could hug you!

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Heartbreaking and uplifting

Well done Lisa, this was a wonderful story told with such feeling and raw honesty. From big highs during her medal winning swimming years, to the terrible loss of her much loved eldest daughter. I enjoyed it very much.

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Book has two distinctive parts

It was hard to get through the first half of the book, listening to all Lisa’s swim races and race times achieved and those of her team mates. I understand that was a major part of Lisa’s life, but too much needless information .
The last few chapters were emotional and raw. Listening to Lisa was just heartbreaking.

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Raw, truthful, heartbreaking but supply’s hope.

This was a book that surprised me, I also grew up in Brisbane swam at hibiscus swam at Langlands swam at the Valley pool. I was there earlier than Lisa and didn’t rise to the fame that she had although we seem to of taken the same paths, I went on to do outrigging and sometimes raced against her. I also like her have lost a daughter but not through death but through mental health and my daughter does not want to know me even recently on her 30th birthday when I sent her a message her reply to me was “the best present I could get from you is to not hear from you.”Grief is hard and Lisa you’ve gone through it and will continue to go through it but each day does get a millimetre better only a millimetre. I wish you luck for your future and I hope that final stroke is a long way off.

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Awesome book

Loved every single page. It was raw, and powerful. We all need to think before we open our mouths, a simple one worder can change your life forever.

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A raw and heartfelt narration

I just wanted to give Lisa a hug when she was reading the last few chapters of her book. I shed tears as she was reading.

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Brilliant

Heartache of a parent... Thank you so much Lisa for sharing. Amazing woman amazing courage amazing strength and unbelievable heartache

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