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‘This is BRAVO TWO ZERO meets ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. Tom Read’s story had me on the edge of my seat. It also made me cry.’
Andy McNab

A former member of the British Parachute Regiment, Tom Read was preparing to freefall from more than 23 miles above the earth to become the first man to punch a hole through the sound barrier unassisted.

It didn’t work out that way.

From his hospital bed in a French sanatorium, Tom began to review his life in an attempt to trace the roots of his madness: the tough childhood, moving from place to place; joining the Parachute Regiment at seventeen and confronting riots, IRA snipers and booby-traps; doing more than 1,000 jumps with the Red Devils and the first ever Parachute drop onto the Falklands; and the high-altitude work that may have created a chemical imbalance in his brain.

Weaving backwards and forwards between a haunting present and a remarkable past FREEFALL is an unrelentingly suspenseful account of an amazing life.

‘Extraordinary’
Mail on Sunday

‘A courageous book’
The Times