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The Essence of You and Me

An inspiring and heartwarming true story of resilience, hope and love

By Kada Miller and Barney Miller

  • Paperback
  • £14.99

The inspiring, heartwarming true story of Barney and Kada Miller. This couple prove that love and resilience can change everything.

The inspiring, heartwarming true story of Barney and Kada Miller. This couple prove that love and resilience can change everything.

As a 20-year-old, David 'Barney' Miller was one of the best surfers on the New South Wales mid-north coast. He was looking to go professional. But when a workmate lost control of their car, flipped it and slammed into a tree, Barney was trapped in the wreckage. He was told he would never breathe independently or use his legs again. Refusing to give in, he defied the doctors through self-belief, hard work and sheer guts. But he still wasn't able to walk. Barney plunged into a depression many thought he wouldn't emerge from. Then he met Kada, a beautiful girl from a country town who dreamed of becoming a singer. Kada had moved to the coast to escape her own troubled life.

When Barney met Kada they fell in love. She didn't see his wheelchair, she saw the man he was. Barney saw everything Kada was and everything she could be. With Barney's support, Kada has now released her first album, and she was there to cheer Barney on as he claimed a gold medal at the World Adaptive Surfing Championships. Together they believe anything is possible. Every day they prove that is true.

'You can wake up every now and then and think the world's against you. But you look at Barney and he's still smiling and 100 per cent ... He's definitely a huge inspiration in my life.' Mick Fanning, 3 x Surfing World Champion

'relentless and uplifting' HERALD SUN on the documentary YOU AND ME

Biographical Notes

Kada Miller (Author)
Kada is a singer-songwriter from the east coast of New South Wales, Australia. Her sound has been described as a mixture of R&B, soul and folk mixed with electronic. In 2009 she made the move to California with her long-term boyfriend Barney, who was learning to walk again at a spinal rehabilitation program called Project Walk. Inspired by his progress and determination, Kada signed with LA label MNO Records and her debut album THE UNKNOWN was released in 2014.

Barney Miller (Author)
Back in 1999, at age 20, Barney Miller was a promising surfer. He was then involved in a car accident near his home at Sawtell, on Australia's east coast. Barney was airlifted to hospital in Sydney and pronounced dead on arrival. After a massive fight, Barney survived the ordeal, only to be told he was a quadriplegic and would never walk again. His relentless struggle to regain mobility was the subject of the hit 2016 documentary, YOU AND ME.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780733639333
  • Publication date: 30 Aug 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Hachette Australia
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