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From Behind The Mask by Pam Warren
  

From Behind The Mask

Biography / Autobiography   

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Injured in the 1999 Paddington rail crash, Pam Warren’s burns were extensive and life threatening and completely changed her life. Taking up the cudgels of rail safety and the care and support of burn victims she campaigned successfully all the way to the Houses of Parliament. Now she recalls her life before and after the crash, how she remade herself and took up her fight.

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From Behind The Mask by Pam Warren

She was not expected to survive. She became the lady in the mask. In October 1999, Pam Warren's life was turned on its head when she sustained horrific injuries in the Paddington rail crash. The casualties numbered thirty-one dead and over five hundred injured. Pam underwent scores of operations to rebuild her burnt body, and had to wear a plastic mask over her face for twenty-three hours a day over an eighteen-month period. Unwittingly, she became the public face of the disaster. Over a decade on from that terrible event, From Behind the Mask charts the true inside story of Pam's journey from victim to survivor and campaigner. Following the crash she became the UK's leading spokesperson for improving rail safety, battling with rail management executives and the government - and winning. She was branded a troublemaker, but Pam and fellow members of the Paddington Survivors' Group helped bring about great improvements on our railways. For years Pam remained focused on that campaign. Now, for the first time, she can tell us all what really happened. It is an inspirational story of determination and courage.

Reviews

An unforgettable account of an unforgettable crash. Pam Warren brings humanity to a bitter, life-changing experience. - Sir Trevor McDonald

All of us who travel by train owe Pam and her fellow survivors a debt of gratitude for their tenacity and dedication to improving rail safety. - Sir Roger Moore KBE

A story of success, courage, bravery and fortitude - she has triumphed over terrible adversity and come through. - Simon Weston OBE, Falklands War Veteran

An emotional journey. - Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Gold Olympic Champion and Chair of the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust


About the Author

Pam Warren spent the first few years of her life in Singapore, before moving back to the UK with her mother when her parents' marriage broke down. In 1999, while working as a financial adviser, Pam was involved in the Paddington rail crash, sustaining devastating injuries. Following the crash, she became a vigorous campaigner for improving rail safety and her efforts have brought about landmark changes in network regulations. Pam now uses her experiences to help others affected by disfigurement or burns, becoming an inspiration to many in similar circumstances. She has retrained as an independent project manager and professional speaker and lives near Reading.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Pam Warren

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pamwarren.co.uk/
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9781849546669

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