Steve Prescott's autobiography to be published after Linzi writes final chapters (From St Helens Star)
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Steve Prescott's autobiography to be published after Linzi writes final chapters
THE autobiography of former Saints full back Steve Prescott will be published in August after his wife Linzi wrote the final two chapters of an emotional, inspirational and often heart-rending story.
Cancer battler Steve, who died last November after complications from a multi-organ transplant, began writing his life story in 2007.
In the book, entitled One in a Million, Steve describes growing up in St Helens, signing for his home town team and the highs and lows top level of rugby league.
But it is much more than a sports book, with as much space devoted to battling cancer and testing himself and inspiring others with a series of gruelling challenges.
Linzi explained: "At first Stephen just wanted to tell his story after being diagnosed with cancer and what he had been through, but in the end it became so personal to him and he really enjoyed doing it and he really put a lot of time and effort into it.
"During all the time he was having chemotherapy during his last treatment at The Christie he used to the work on his book, edit it and make sure he was getting it right - and it helped him take his mind off things.
"He worked on it since 2007 and was quite passionate about it in the end, because he really wanted to tell his story and wanted to make sure people got it from him.
"It is certainly not a normal sporting book, it is the whole picture. As well as his rugby career, it will tell the readers in detail what he has been through from the diagnosis in 2006 through to the transplant in 2013.
"It is a very personal book, told in his words, which people will know as soon as they read it - they will hear Stephen's voice."
Linzi has written the last two chapters - and that was always the plan irrespective of the outcome of Steve's multi-organ transplant last autumn.
Linzi explained that there were two big reasons behind that decision.
"It was Stephen's idea that I was always going to write the last chapter while he was in theatre because we knew it was going to be a long haul and he wanted me to take my mind off that," she said.
"But he also wanted me to have my input and put my point of view, because people forget what the partner goes through and it will be good for other people who are going through the same things as what we went through.
"There are funny stories from his rugby days in there too, and Stephen was always a positive person and there is a lot of positivity in the book, but it is also quite emotional as well."