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  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143573432
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $38.00

Never Give Up




The story of Watercare engineer Ian Winson, who lost both legs in an explosion and has had to reinvent himself. An inspirational story of a challenging life.

Watercare engineer Ian Winson was seriously injured in a gas explosion in Onehunga, Auckland, in 2011, an incident that was a significant news event at the time. The explosion killed one of his colleagues, cost Ian his legs, caused severe injuries to his arms, and left him close to death.
Before the explosion Ian's life had revolved around work, sport and family. In one day he went from being an Ironman competitor and organiser of an iconic Auckland running event in the Waitakere Ranges, to an amputee requiring much medical intervention and months of rehabilitation just to reach a stage of basic mobility.
His story is one of bravery, incredible determination, redefining oneself, a family's love, and an unerring hope.
Also available as an e-book.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143573432
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Ian Winson

Ian Winson was a Watercare engineer who was seriously injured in a gas explosion in Onehunga in 2011. This major event killed a colleague, injured others, and cost Ian his legs. His arms were also severely injured and it later transpired he had suffered a brain injury too. Formerly a highly active and fit man, he has had to learn to adapt to a much more restricted life.


Praise for Never Give Up

“...an inspiring and enlightening account...”

Graeme Barrow, Daily Post, Rotorua Bay of Plenty


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