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Impossible : My Story -
Impossible : My Story -

Impossible : My Story

My Story

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A startling and important memoir about family and forgiveness, love and redemption For the first time, Stan Walker speaks with startling honesty about abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination, and growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined. From one of the finest singers to emerge from Australia and New Zealand Aotearoa in a generation, Impossible is a story of redemption and the power of forgiveness. It's also a story about courage and hope; about a young Maori boy finding his place and purpose, never forgetting who he is and where he came from. PRAISE FOR IMPOSSIBLE: As a chronicle of Walker's life, it is gripping, but where the book achieves greatness - and I mean real, true greatness - is as a totem to humanity's capacity for kindness. It's an insight into the soul of a man whose capacity for forgiveness seems boundless. - Sam Brooks 'This is a can't-put-down read, direct and proud and inspirational, an honest document of life in New Zealand on the wrong side of the tracks...' - Steve Braunias 'A remarkable, improbable tale of a young Maori man (Tuhoe and Ngati Tuwharetoa) rising to greatness and finding his purpose after surviving horrific childhood abuse and countless other tragic situations.' - Sebastian van der Zwan 'Stan Walker astonished me with his masterfully structured memoir of abuse and forgiveness.' - Catherine Woulfe

Product code: 9781775541479

ISBN 9781775541479
On Sale Date 14/10/2020
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW154xS28
No. Of Pages 352
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
Stan's is a story of survival against impossible odds. Abuse and addiction, poverty and excess, cancer and discrimination — Stan tells it all with startling honesty and insight, and with a wonderful sense of warmth and hope. It's an important and un-putdownable read.

Customer Reviews

3 reviews

Lynette, Alexandra Paper Plus - December 2020

All I can say is...WOW! Whilst not an easy read at times, I firmly believe that every NZer should read Stans memoir. What Stan has achieved is impressive and inspiring. He speaks openly and startlingly honestly about abuse, addiction and growing up in a family where love and violence were entwined. It's a story of hope, courage, mental wellbeing, faith and acknowledging who you are so you become all that you're meant to be. I highly recommend this book...not just for fans of Stan but everyone from 16 and above!

Every New Zealander Should Read This

Carrie - Paper Plus Support Office - December 2020

All I can say is wow and that I firmly believe that every NZer should buy and read this memoir IMPOSSIBLE – it offers an insight into the life of many of our young people and their family/home environments, touching on incredibly sensitive topics that no one likes to discuss or will often acknowledge, but need to. What Stan has achieved despite all of life’s challenges so far in his young life, is unbelievably impressive and he is a real inspiration. It’s beautifully ghost-written (by Margie Thomson who wrote All Blacks Don’t Cry, The Resilient Farmer, Stand By Me, The Good Doctor) and it will not disappoint. I was the furthest you could be from a Stan Walker fan but I now find myself firmly in his Fan Camp

A Miraculous Journey

Anita, Paper Plus Gisborne - November 2020

I read Impossible in one sitting - tears pouring down my face-in sadness, horror and awe. What Stan has been through- celebrity or no - what he has endured, and since become, who he is today, is nothing short of a miracle. I was truly touched by how important his family, culture and faith are to him…to be able to forgive such cruelty is beyond me. A wonderfully touching read.