Published: 1 March 2018
AU Price: $32.99
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One Life One Chance
By Luke Richmond
An awe-inspiring story of endurance and adrenaline from Aussie adventurer Luke Richmond, ONE LIFE ONE CHANCE tracks his rise from addiction to conquering challenges in the most remote corners of the world.
Born to nomadic parents and humble beginnings, Luke Richmond grew up running wild and free in the Australian outback. After finishing school, he joined the Australian Army and served his country overseas as a qualified infantry soldier – an experience that sparked in him an unrelenting desire for adventure.
But when he leaves the army Luke finds himself broke and adrift in London, caught up in the soulless world of drug and alcohol addiction. When he wakes up in a police cell with no memory of how he got there, he knows he has hit rock bottom, and makes the snap decision to turn his life around.
Within days he is in Thailand, training his mind and body at a Muay Thai boxing camp in the jungles of Phuket. In suffering Luke finds his salvation, and he decides to make the most out of life by seeking adventure in remote corners of the world.
Since then Luke has climbed the highest mountains on six continents, set a new world record for ocean rowing across the Atlantic, battled -60 degree temperatures in the Antarctic, witnessed death at high altitude, was held captive in the humid jungles of West Papua and has thrown himself from cliffs in the adrenalin-fueled world of BASE jumping.
More than an awe-inspiring story of endurance and adventure, ONE LIFE ONE CHANCE will ultimately remind you that we only have one shot, so don’t waste a second of it.
PRAISE FOR ONE LIFE ONE CHANCE
‘Luke's story and life shows us all that with conviction and discipline the world and what it has to offer is on tap just waiting to be experienced.’
COMMANDO STEVE, HOST OF THE BIGGEST LOSER
‘This is a rollercoaster of a book and well worth chucking in your backpack.’
ED STAFFORD, STAR OF LEFT FOR DEAD
‘Uplifting, harrowing at times and incredible!’
JAMES CASTRISSION, AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURER AND AUTHOR OF CROSSING THE DITCH
‘The “dignity of risk” is a human right and the human race’s greatest accomplishments have often been on the back of enormous risk to human life. Luke embraces risk as a necessary means to an end in this inspiring account of his incredible adventures. A true inspiration and a reminder to those who discourage the expression of risk in today’s workplaces, schools and playgrounds that you will never get much back out of life without taking risk.’
KEN WARE, FOUNDER OF NEUROPHYSICS THERAPY
‘Luke is proof of both the incredible strength of the human spirit and the need to push our personal boundaries. He is also intent on living up to what Helen Keller said better than anyone: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”’
TIM JARVIS AM, AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR IN 2013, CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR IN 2016 (AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY)
‘Luke’s life has taken him from partying like Ronnie Wood, training like Schwarzenegger, to exploring like Sir Ranulph Fiennes...and the scariest thing is, to those that know him, the best is yet to come.’
MATTHEW BENNETT, OCEAN ROWING WORLD RECORD HOLDER AND CEO OF ACORN CHILDREN'S HOMES
‘If your life feels like a deep dark hole and it seems that there is no way out, this book is your ladder into the light. It’s inspiring and empowering.’
PAT FARMER AM, MULTIPLE ENDURANCE RUNNING WORLD-RECORD HOLDER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR
‘Wow, carpe diem! This is an amazing story of a man from humble beginnings that won’t let anything stand in the way of achieving his dreams. Don’t know how to row, why not paddle the Atlantic? Don’t know how to climb, why not tackle the famed Seven Summits? A great story about a regular guy taking on big challenges.’
MIKE HAMILL, PREMIER HIGH-ALTITUDE GUIDE AND AUTHOR OF CLIMBING THE SEVEN SUMMITS
‘Luke’s story brings home three things to me, we have one life…make it count, never be told you can’t do something, and anticipation is worse than participation.’
DEAN STOTT, FORMER BRITISH SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE (SBS) OPERATOR