Inspirational Steve's autobiography launched

Steve's wife Linzi Prescott outside Wembley StadiumPicture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 23/08/2014 - Rugby League - Tetley's Challenge Cup Final - Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos - Wembley Stadium, London, England - Steve Prescott book. (9711181

Steve's wife Linzi Prescott outside Wembley StadiumPicture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 23/08/2014 - Rugby League - Tetley's Challenge Cup Final - Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos - Wembley Stadium, London, England - Steve Prescott book. (9711181

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IT was the place where his two tries created sporting memories that are etched into Saints' folklore.

So it was fitting that the launch of Steve Prescott’s autobiography was given the platform of Wembley and Challenge Cup Final day for its unveiling.

And for many who loved and admired Steve, walking up Wembley Way and seeing a huge poster for the book, titled 'One in a Million' emblazoned upon the national stadium for the day brought a lump to the throat.

In 1996, Wembley, then still under the twin towers, was where full back Steve scored two tries in Saints’ cup triumph.

Steve’s widow, Linzi said: “Walking up Wembley Way and seeing Stephen’s face from the front of the book cover at the side of the stadium and it sinking in that the book has finally been published was just amazing.

“I felt really proud of what we had achieved and it had actually come to fruition and that the book was now out.

“Wembley was quite a fitting venue for the launch. Stephen always felt at home and relaxed at Wembley and probably played his best rugby there so for the book launch to be there it was quite appropriate.”

The book covers Steve’s playing days and includes the story of his battle with cancer since he was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei in 2006, detailing the way he tested himself and inspired others with a series of gruelling challenges.

He began writing it in 2007 and completed the manuscript a few weeks before his death in November last year, with Linzi penning the final two chapters.

It has already been receiving a terrific response from readers.

“Its reception has been amazing and the feedback we’ve had from people who have read it has been outstanding,” says Steve Prescott Foundation general manager, Martin Blondel.

“We’ve had cancer sufferers who have bought the book and come back to us saying they have drawn great strength from it. That shows exactly why Steve set out to do the challenges and wrote the book – to give as many people as possible the chance to get better. Some of the emails we’ve had have been really touching.”

Including pre-orders, the book has already sold more than 1,000 copies. Orders have come from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

A sold out forum will also be held to launch the book this evening at Langtree Park before it goes on general sale on September 6.

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