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The Essence of You and Me - Kada Miller

The Essence of You and Me

Paperback Published: 10th April 2018
ISBN: 9780733639333
Number Of Pages: 304

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The inspiring, heartwarming true story of Barney and Kada Miller. This couple prove that love and resilience can change everything.

As a 20-year-old, David 'Barney' Miller was one of the best surfers on Australia's mid-north coast. His heroes were Occy, Luke Egan and Matt Hoy, and one day he hoped to give the tour a solid swing. But when a workmate lost control on a bend in the road, flipping their car and slamming into a tree, Barney was trapped in the wreckage. The accident left him a quadriplegic. He was told by doctors he would never breathe independently or be able to use his right arm or his legs again.

Refusing to give in, he defied all medical assessments through self-belief, hard work and sheer guts. But his surf dreams were ended and even with his determined efforts, he wasn't able to walk. Barney plunged into a depression many thought he wouldn't emerge from. Then he met Kada, a beautiful girl from a country town who dreamed of becoming a singer. Kada had moved to the coast to escape her own troubled life.

When Barney met Kada they fell in love. She didn't see his wheelchair, she saw the man he was. Barney saw everything Kada was and everything she could be. He made it his mission to only ask Kada to marry him when he could kneel down to propose, stand at the altar and dance together at their wedding.

Kada has released her first album and though Barney is still chasing his dream to walk again he stood up to marry her. Together they believe anything is possible. Every day they prove that is true.

About the Authors

Kada is a singer-songwriter from the east coast of New South Wales, Australia. Her sound has been described as a mixture of R&B, soul and folk mixed with electronic. In 2009 she made the move to California with her long-term boyfriend Barney, who was learning to walk again at a spinal rehabilitation program called Project Walk. Inspired by his progress and determination, Kada signed with LA label MNO Records and her debut album The Unknown was released in 2014.

Back in 1998, at age 20, Barney Miller was a promising surfer. He was then involved in a car accident near his home at Sawtell, on Australia's east coast. Barney was airlifted to hospital in Sydney and pronounced dead on arrival. After a massive fight, Barney survived the ordeal, only to be told he was a paraplegic and would never walk again. His relentless struggle to regain mobility was the subject of the hit 2016 documentary, YOU AND ME.

relentless and uplifting - HERALD SUN on the documentary YOU AND ME

inspirational - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on the documentary YOU AND ME

You can wake up every now and then and think the world's against you. But you look at Barney and he's still smiling and 100 per cent ... He's definitely a huge inspiration in my life.

ISBN: 9780733639333
ISBN-10: 073363933X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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