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I have Life. Alison’s Journey

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-2-04-03-pmauthor: Alison Botha as told by Marianne Thamm

Like an apparition, conjured out of the darkness, a young man with light blond hair pushed his face into the car. I immediately spotted the knife. It was a long, thin weapon, almost like a letter opener, with a tapering blade. It felt cold and spiny as he pressed it to my neck. When he spoke his voice, which was quiet and controlled, sounded as though it emanated from a distant planet. But every word thudded into my skull. “Move over or I’ll kill you,” he whispered.

I Have Life is the triumphant story of a woman who refused to become a victim. The courage which allowed her to move beyond severe physical and emotional trauma and to turn a devastating experience into something life-affirming and strong is an inspiration to people everywhere.

Rights: World Rights, rights sold to Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, UK
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: film edition 2016, original 1998