Showgirl, stuntwoman, champion speedboat racer. Sarah Donohue has done all of this and much more, as she explains in The World is Never Enough.
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I always find that reading autobiographies can be really uplifting and inspiring. There’s nothing like reading someone else’s life story to make you reassess what you’ve done with your own life.
And that’s exactly how I felt after reading Sarah Donohue’s autobiography The World is Never Enough.
And today I’m very happy to be hosting the blog tour for this fantastic book.
Sarah is a prime example of someone who gets the most out of life. She’s been a showgirl at the Moulin Rouge, a champion speedboat racer, and stuntwoman on the James Bond film The World is Not Enough.
She’s also survived cyberbullying from a pack of internet trolls and legal bullying from the current President of the USA. Not to mention a high speed powerboat crash.
And that’s just part of what she’s packed into her life so far…
In The World is Never Enough, Sarah takes us through each of these events with a really good Northern sense of humour. Reading her book, you almost feel like you’re sitting having a good chat with the most fabulously exciting friend.
Here’s an extract from the book, from the time in her life when Sarah was being attacked by internet trolls:
Appearances can be deceiving…
‘One of the most vitriolic abusers was married to a Met police officer.’
I was being taken to court by one of the world’s most powerful men. Yet my issues with Donald Trump’s corporation were irrelevances compared to a group of keyboard warriors getting together on social media.
Social media has flattened hierarchy and empowered faceless people to offer opinion in debates. This is amazing and truly a step forward for the littler person to have a voice. Yet social media can also be used to form alliances far stronger than one powerful entity – people using numbers to push an agenda, this truly is democratic yet it can be abused. People may jump on bandwagons just to feel part of something they don’t really understand or join just because their social media friends do. In certain circumstances, people band together not to discuss or debate but to form kangaroo courts to publicly bully and destroy people whether they deserve it or not
When we see a victim of bullying, it’s easy to see them having a weakness of sorts; someone easily manipulated who can easily be dominated. We may think of children or teenagers or people who stand out from the crowd – the low achievers, those with body issues, the poor, the nerdy geek or others with poor social skills. Someone who stands out from the crowd for whatever reason but someone whom others deem to have a personality ‘flaw’.
With the two lives I have led I may be the last person someone may think of as a victim of bullying. When studying fashion design at Southport College I did have such an experience. I was picked on for being more qualified than the rest of the students and self-confidence can sometimes come at a cost, especially from those who seek to drag others down to their swamp of self-pity rather than aspire themselves to greatness.
Yet that was when I was eighteen and put some of it down to immaturity of others, but due to this period I have grown up despising bullies. At the age of forty-three my hate for them still burned strongly. I’ve chewed up and spit out people who have gone down that road with others as I’ve always tried to protect and look after people no matter the situation and thankfully, since college I’d never been targeted. Then in late 2013 my life changed and it wouldn’t be the same until three weeks before my wedding in May 2015.
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Reading The World is Never Enough was certainly an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the stories from the Moulin Rouge, and held my breath as she recounted the details of her accident and recovery. Obviously I knew that she’d recover, but even so, it felt incredibly tense at the time.
And when she stands up to Donald Trump and his legal bullying, she went up even higher in my estimation!
Sarah Donohue’s narration is so warm and full of humour. You get the impression that she’d be incredibly good fun to be around.
But after finishing the book, I felt like I needed to take a good hard look at my own life. If I was in a major accident, would I really be able to look back and say that I’d lived my life to its fullest?
As I said at the beginning, autobiographies can be very inspiring, and this one certainly is.
This is the action packed story of a female racing driver and stuntwoman who lives life on the edge and enjoys every extreme moment of it… A thrill-seeker by day and glamorous showgirl by night, Sarah Donohue believes in living out her dreams and living life to the full bringing colour and laughter to the lives of everyone around her.
Even after a high-speed powerboat crash putting her on a life-support machine, Sarah didn’t let dying for four minutes or a face held together by titanium plates dampen her spirits. The crash was documented as one of the worst crashes seen in powerboat racings history yet Sarah returned back to racing with BBC’s ‘999’ and ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ hiring her as the stuntwoman to re-enact her own near fatal experience. Soon after she became the European powerboat champion. Her journey of triumph over adversity is both inspiring and extreme.
This story of life will take the reader through a roller coaster of emotions as Sarah experiences the highest of highs on podium tops to the lowest of lows as she suffers jealous cyber abusers. The funny stories recalled as a forces pinup and staunch supporter of the military through to the not so funny story of Sarah enduring Donald Trump, the now president of the United States of America and his legal team for almost four years.
This feisty girl from Yorkshire loves life and puts as much into it as she can whilst taking anything it throws back at her remaining positive and up beat. This shows that even the impossible can be made possible with the right attitude no matter who you are or where you come from. A motivational, funny and inspirational book showing one woman’s journey on taking on any challenge head to head and her world-renowned success in the male dominated sport of offshore powerboat racing. Even death becomes her.
A fascinating autobiography that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Highly recommended: 8.5/10