HarperNonFiction has acquired Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit, the stories of the "extraordinary" wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women of the Invictus Games.
Publishing strategy director Oliver Malcolm bought world rights in all languages from Dominic Reid, m.d. of the Invictus Games Foundation, and will publish this autumn.
Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit will share the stories of competitors of the Invictus Games who are "wounded warriors from all over the world who"have done, and continue to do, extraordinary things".
The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports
"At the Invictus Games, making it to the start line is an achievement beyond measure. Triple amputees, cancer survivors, multiple sclerosis patients, and those with mental health injuries from countries around the world all compete. Their stories will stun you, inspire you and help you find courage", the publisher said.
HarperCollins c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: “The Invictus Games are about the unconquerable spirit, the power of sport and competition to changes lives and the desire to show there is life beyond injury. These stories of the current and former servicemen and women of the Invictus Games are compelling and life-affirming and I’m extraordinarily proud that we will be publishing them.”
Malcolm said: "It’s a huge privilege to be involved in this exciting and important project. Reading the extraordinary stories of the Invictus Games competitors not only provides some much needed life perspective, but is incredibly motivating, demonstrating that we can all push beyond our perceived limits with sufficient determination.”
Reid said: “The competitors’ stories are amongst the most inspiring you will read. They have all faced the harsh reality of enduring sacrifice for their country, but have refused to be beaten. Instead they show us their unrelenting drive to overcome injury and explore life beyond it. This is something from which we can all learn. I am delighted that people around the world will have the chance to read their stories. I guarantee that you will be moved, energised, and above all inspired.”
Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit will be published on the 21st September, to coincide with the third Invictus Games in Toronto.