Beyond the High Blue Air by Lu Spinney

Beyond the High Blue Air

Aged just 29, gifted, athletic and loved, Lu Spinney's son Miles was on the brink of a brilliant future. Then a snowboarding accident changed everything. He suffered a devastating head injury and was left in a coma.With unflinching honesty, Lu has written a passionate, urgent account of the years following Miles's accident, revealing his existence imprisoned in a limbo of fluctuating consciousness, at times agonizingly aware of his predicament. B...

Details Beyond the High Blue Air

TitleBeyond the High Blue Air
Release DateMay 5th, 2016
PublisherAtlantic Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Adventure, Survival

Reviews Beyond the High Blue Air

  • Rebecca Foster
    (Nearly 4.5) In March 2006 Lu Spinney’s 29-year-old son, Miles King, was on a snowboarding holiday in Austria with friends. On the final morning of the trip he took the fall that would leave this athlete, intellectual, and entrepreneur with a traumatic brain injury. The family brought him back to London via an airlift, and over the next five years he passed between various brain injury units and care homes. Eight weeks after the accident he ope...
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Wow what a beautifully written and emotionally charged read. This story portrays the love a mother feels for her son and her fight to help him get well again after a horrific accident. The decisions she has to make in regards to what is best for him once she realizes how much he is suffering is unimaginable to me as a mother. The fact that she could do what she knew was best for him in the face...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    A gut wrenching raw look at the heartache Lu&her family suffered when her son miles suffered a traumatic brain a horrible accident At times hard to read but at the same time an unputdownable look at her lovef for her son,
  • Linda
    Every mother’s nightmare—Lu receives a call that her 29 year old son has been seriously injured in a snowboarding accident. She is in England, and she and the rest of the family hurry to the hospital in Innsbruck where doctors are trying to save his life. Is it possible that the adventurous young man with the Oxford degree will come back to them? Is this what Miles would have wanted? How many actually have an advance directive to make things ...
  • Marika
    A memoir written about a son's tragic accident and subsequent death is not destined to be an easy read. It's not easy because readers will be able to identify with the author's journey as her son is first in a coma, then in a fluid state of consciousness, until eventually death. A compassionate, raw and intimate journey that no one ever chooses to embark on, but one in which the landmarks must be discussed.I read an advance copy and was not compe...
  • Paulina
    Brilliant, heart rending, impossible to put down. I have to add, albeit a few months later that I cannot stop thinking about miles kemp. I have re-read the book 3 times..... I count my blessings, I realise life is short and precious. This book has become a bible in an inspirational way! Thank you Lu
  • Olga Fry
    Beyond the High Blue Air is a memoir about the love of a mother and her child. In this case, it is March 2006 and her oldest son, Miles, has gone on a backpacking trip with friends to celebrate his birthday. On the last morning of their trip, they set off to go snowboarding. There is a scene in which Miles prepares for this by purchasing a helmet. Miles lands hard on the ice, injuring his brain, and falls into a coma. He is 29-years-old, an entre...
  • Jill
    I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Oh, my. This one is going to bring tears to my eyes. The author is a lady named Lu Spinney, and this book is about her son, Miles. At age 29 Miles had a terrible and very frightening snowboarding accident that left him in a coma and then in a state of minimal consciousness. This is their story over the 5 years after his accident. I'm a mother and I feel Mrs. Spinney's...
  • Vanessa
    I read this memoir to see if I wanted to include it in a course I am creating and will teach in the fall. Given it is the author's only book, I had low expectations for the writing and thought it would be just another "story" like so many families I've worked with throughout my career. It is not. The author is a vivid writer, sophisticated and intelligent. She articulates the paradox of caring for a loved one in a PVS or MCS so perfectly. This bo...
  • Francis
    I picked up the book because I snowboards and am at the age when Miles had his accident. Lu Spinney's account of her son's painful deterioration was a touching story. At times I can relate. The part when Miles tried to communicate, and his best effort only resulted in whispers so light that Lu couldn't make out his words reminded me of a similar moment in my life. At times I could only sympathize. The scene where Lu gave Miles a "proper" hug at t...
  • Vicki Fritz
    Beautiful, yet wrenchingA mother's love and battle for her son...from the early days after he suffered a devastating injury, and on through the years as hope becomes determination to help her son achieve peace. The story is so poignant, the writing so lyrical, that Miles becomes every mother's son. I will not forget this amazing young man and his remarkable family as they take a journey no family should ever have to endure.
  • Karen & Gerard
    This book is written by his mother who details what she and her family went through to see that Miles got the best care he could. What a gut-wrenching story this is! I give so much credit to Lu for writing this to share her nightmare with others. (Gerard's review)
  • meaghan
    Review coming soon
  • Steph Liston
    The saddest memoir I've ever read!
  • Hayley Brock
    This book is an emotional read, especially if you are the mother of a son, but it is a compelling story that I couldn't put down. It tells how Lu's son Miles received a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to a snowboarding accident. This left him at first in a coma, then in a minimally concious state, so that he was aware of his situation . This is a story of love, hope and sadness which was very well written. It should also make people aware that i...
  • Julie
    Lu Spinney writes this book about her beautiful son Miles, who at age 29 has an accident on holiday in Switzerland and suffers a traumatic brain injury. Such a stressful time for the family who wait by his bedside to see if he recovers. To see their handsome, clever and fit son stuck in bed attached to tubes and non responsive is heart wrenching to read, and the story is pretty blunt and emotionally raw in places. Surrounded and supported by a lo...
  • karen stevens
    A true life gut wrenching storyA very moving story of a young man's serious head injury following a snowboarding accident. His mother in great detail writes about what happens next
  • Maureen Stapleton
    An absolutely brilliant book about the unflinching love of a mother and grace that emerges in difficult times. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's written beautifully. Most of all, it made me see a very difficult time in my life in a different-- and better-- light.
  • Tor
    Very moving. Made me appreciate how precious life is and how scarily easy things can change.
  • Sue Cawood
    so sadand emotional