How I cheated death after car crash


Philip Watling

In December 1994, I was hit by a car and suffered a massive head injury. I was airlifted to hospital by helicopter and stayed there for five months, but recovered so well I was able to write an autobiographical account of my accident - a tale of my life, my death and my resurrection.

Though I finished writing in 1997 I spent the following 10 years enjoying life at my home in Milton Keynes, UK, and basically prevaricating. After some gentle persuasion I decided to look for a publisher, which I did in mid-August, 2007. Within three weeks they sent me a contract.

I am now aged 37, still alive and believe Flight of a Lifetime is a bloody good read, even if I say so myself. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time. At the end of the day I wrote about my death and made it funny.

The book aims to be inspirational. It may not change the world, but I hope it will make people's perception of the world change. First and foremost it was written to cheer people up, but I hope it will also make people realise that the world we live in is not such a bad place and we should all just get along and stop fighting.

The book is published by Athena Press and will be available on or it can be ordered at any UK or US bookshop - hopefully before the end of July.