A Fraction Stronger
by Mark Berridge
The multi-award winning story of one man's survival after a life-changing accident, and how we can find inspiration and possibility in life's darkest moments.
"The author's quiet triumphs and roadmap of self-discovery shine with unyielding grace." ~ Lily Andrews, Reader Views
"Reading A Fraction Stronger... is like experiencing an ongoing conversation with a person worth knowing." ~ Nonfiction Authors Association
"This book is a powerful testament of faith in the human spirit" ~ Romuald Dzemo, The Book Commentary
"This is a truly moving and uplifting tale." ~ Jessica Barbosa, Readers' Favorite
In a split second, Mark Berridge's life came crashing down. His bicycle understeered through a corner, the impact wrenching him over the handlebars and catapulting him headfirst into a stormwater drain. A large piece of dislodged vertebrae compressed his spinal cord, causing devastating nerve damage. The accident fractured Mark's body and his identity. Fortunately, his helmet - though deeply crushed - protected his ability to think and retain valuable memories, allowing him to pursue every possible avenue in his physical recovery and beyond.
Mark spent more than six weeks in hospital and nine months in intensive rehabilitation. His sustained effort to regain mobility became an integral part of his new identity. A Fraction Stronger is Mark's story, focused on the insight and inspiration that will guide you through life's impossible moments. Mark shares how small actions, combined with determination to seek out possibility in the darkness, can light your way forwards.
Awards and critical recognition:
- Grand Prize Winner - Journey: Chanticleer International Book Awards 2022
- Gold Medalist: Nautilus Book Awards 2022
- Gold Medalist: Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards 2022
- Silver Medalist, Male Memoir: Living Now Book Awards 2022
- Bronze Award, Self Help: Reader Views Book Awards 2022-23
- Finalist Inspiring & Uplifting Non-Fiction: CIBAs Hearten Book Awards 2022
- Finalist Health and Wellbeing: Australian Business Book Awards 2022
- Finalist Self-help Inspiration: Goody Business Book Awards 2022
- Finalist Adult Non-Fiction: The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2022
- 5 Star Book: Chanticleer Reviews 2023
- 5 Star Seal: Reader's Favourite 2022
- 5 Star Review: Reader Views 2022
- 5 Star Review: The Book Commentary 2022
Praise for A Fraction Stronger
‘This powerful book shows how small actions combined with determination can produce remarkable change.’
The Weekend Australian
‘Mark’s journey is not of an average person who strived for an exceptional outcome, but one about a man of resilience who strives to become a fraction stronger, every day. Inspirational!’
‘A truly inspirational read.’
Blue Wolf Review
'This is an utterly wonderful read.'
Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
'A powerful memoir that uses beautiful prose to depict both adversity and rehabilitation in a way that inspires hope in the reader.'
K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
'Eye-opening and encouraging. This is a truly moving and uplifting tale by Mark Berridge. Great work!'
Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
'This memoir is excellently written. Emotional and engaging, the story is an inspiration to us no matter the circumstances we face.'
Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
'An inspiring book for those who enjoy true stories of grit and perseverance. I love the questions for reﬂection he poses at the end of every chapter, which is a resource to help others deal with devastating events. I've also enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of every chapter, which has been a source of inspiration for Mark Berridge throughout his healing journey.'
Susan van der Walt for Readers' Favorite