Ghost Boy

  • by Martin Pistorius
  • Narrated by Simon Bubb
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Autobiography/Memoir, 2016
They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for 10 years.
In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged 12, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within 18 months he was mute and wheelchair bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and fewer than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents' marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.
Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.
We also see a life reclaimed - a business created, a new love kindled - all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for better lives for others.


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An incredible true story of pure determination, sadness, happiness and love!

Thankyou Martin for sharing your personal life & making us aware of the strength you showed of becoming a man, lover, friend and special son, from the depths of despair from the Ghost Boy x
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- kay miller

You must add this to your collections!

Even better than I anticipated, this book unleashed every emotion I am capable of feeling. Exhausting, Exhilerating and beautifully read.
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- Bronwen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-02-2015
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers