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Lisa

By: Lisa Curry,Ellen Whinnett - contributor
Narrated by: Lisa Curry
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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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Thank you 🩷

What a life, what strength and tenacity. Thank you and thank you for your final chapters. Thank you Mark for being there.

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Raw Honest Happy and Heartbreaking

As Professional who works in the Mental Health field and a mother myself I truly appreciate that you shared Jami’s struggle with such honesty. So many don’t understand. May your beautiful poppet fly high she would be so very proud of you xxx

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Fantastic!

This is a wonderful listen and just great overall. I highly recommend it! Stay strong Lisa.

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Outstanding !

Absolutely captivating story of Australia’s own golden girl , I love it from beginning to end.

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A great book

We’ll done Lisa for being real. I felt every jubilant part of your life along with every heart breaking moment. Jami will forever live on through you and your family. Well done - thanks for sharing

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Highly recommend this incredible book

Lisa thank you for sharing your memoir and the life of your beautiful Jamie. Heartbreaking and enjoyable

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Thank you for sharing your life with us

Very moving and very well told. Thank you for reading it to us, although must of been so hard for you. So glad a brought this book and heard the life of someone I looked up to as a young swimmer . Very soul searching and real . Thank you

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Loved following Lisa’s story

I found this book so inspiring to see what someone as strong and as passionate as Lisa Curry can achieve. Hearing her read her own story was empowering, and also touching. I highly recommend this audible.

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Beautiful, humble and sad

What a beautiful story of determination, success, love, grief and healing. Lisa, you have told Jaimi’s heartbreaking story beautifully, what a legacy to your darling daughter. What a determined woman you are to take your life successfully down so many different paths. A beautiful love story between you, your family, Grant and Mark. I hope you find yourself again Lisa, you so deserve it xo

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Beautiful and heart wrenching

So beautifully written and read by Lisa. It was also heart wrenching to hear her sadness with the loss of her daughter Jaime.
Thank you Lisa for sharing your story, being such an inspiring woman and Aussie legend.

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