From Publishers Weekly
Imagine having both your legs amputated below the knee. Picture yourself relearning to walk, finally making it to the disabled Olympic games and winning 18 gold medals and 14 world records. Then envision yourself becoming the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education. Ronan Tynan has done all this and more, and he explains how he overcame such adversity in his moving art biography, Halfway Home: My Life 'til Now. As Tynan (now one of the popular Irish Tenors and currently planning a U.S. tour with his two partners) says, "Faith is the bird that fells the light and sings when the dawn is still dark."
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From Library Journal
Tynan is best known in this country as a member of the Irish Tenors, but he has achieved much more. Readers expecting the usual singer biography will be delighted and transfixed by his extraordinary life story. Born with focamelia, a bilateral congenital deformity, he nonetheless trained as a competitive rider and jumper as a boy. Then at age 20 he had his legs amputated below the knee and went on to win 19 gold medals and set 14 world records in the Paralympic Games. He was also the first disabled person ever admitted to Ireland's National College of Physical Education. Although he sang as a child and won several competitions as a treble, he put music aside for other pursuits and only began to study voice in his early thirties, whereupon he had immediate success. Tynan's style is simple and direct, certainly not artful, but his physical and emotional bravery is so compelling that it doesn't matter. This genuinely inspiring story is being published to coincide with a major U.S. tour of the Irish Tenors; expect demand. Highly recommended for public libraries. Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, NY
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