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A Break in Mendoza by Carl Igolen-Robinson

A True Story

“…cathartic, celebratory, comic, collaborative and coruscatingly emotive.”

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Rating: 5.00 out of 5 (8 customer ratings)
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Inspiring read
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Two rugby teams, two continents, one devastating neck injury. This is a story about the power of human friendship overcoming distance and potential disaster. The author writes with an easy style that gives insight into human resilience and the power of kindness and friendship. I read it in one sitting.


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B.J. Sadler
A poignant insight into a spec
Review date: 23rd February 2021

A poignant insight into a special rugby community. A really engaging book that leaves you full of admiration for Luke and the many people who where there to help him get back on his feet and back to the sport he loves.


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J.C. Button
Moving and awe inspiring
Review date: 23rd February 2021

I loved this book - it is moving and awe inspiring.... and the fact that it is based on reality, a truly incredible story. Even if you don’t have rugby playing boys in your house, you will be moved, fascinated and compelled to see how it ends... And if you do have rugby boys, then it will blow you away with worry, concern ....but mostly, hope.
There is a sprinkle of good luck, an amazing cast of characters and without giving the end away, suspense and tension. It really is a roller coaster of a read.


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R. Kitzinger
An outstanding story
Review date: 21st February 2021

An outstanding story which I couldn't put down. It is written with such honesty and reflection which is both heart warming and tear jerking. Thoroughly recommended for parents and rugby/sport enthusiasts.


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P.A.Blair
I cannot recommend this book e
Review date: 23rd February 2021

Very few books which I have read have been so profoundly moving and humanly felt. It is a story of love, beginning with love of rugby. I cannot recommend this book enough.


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A Thomas
Every parent’s nightmare
Review date: 3rd February 2021

Every parent’s nightmare - send your child away on a school rugby tour and they get seriously injured - but this account is written as an almost minute by minute account by the child’s father. It’s wonderful to see how the schools both home and abroad provide such excellent physical and moral support the ordeal. However, most incredible of all is the way in which the rugby community rally round and ensure that Carl and his son receive the best possible care in every respect.
A heartwarming tale with a happy ending.


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Mei Thomas
An amazing story
Review date: 3rd February 2021

A break in Mendoza is an amazing story about an injured young rugby player Luke Igolen-Robinson. An ordinary trip turned into a nightmare. With the care of his father, the superbly kind people in Mendoza and the rugby community, he has made a full recovery. The love, passion and humanity in this book will touch your soul.

Haileybury College reciprocated the Mendocians by providing opportunities for two young pupils to study at their college. I well up every time I think of it.

If you are a rugby lover, or if you would like to discover Southern American culture, and spare a few tears, read this book.


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D. Hemstead
An uplifting account
Review date: 3rd February 2021

A Break in Mendoza is an uplifting account of human goodness, recounted with a naturalness of tone which takes the reader beyond natural admiration for the protagonists to feeling that they actually know them.


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Rating: 5.00 out of 5 (8 customer ratings)

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ISBN: 9781912243778

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Description

A Break in Mendoza is the inspirational story of a courageous 15 year old English boy who breaks his neck in a rugby match in Argentina, needing major surgery before he can return home. He and his father don’t speak Spanish; a near catastrophic injury and a near impossible situation! The rugby community rallies. Luke is determined to recover and play his beloved sport again. With unconditional support from new Argentinian friends, international players, skilled medical professionals and iron resolve, he does just that. An emotional father and son journey, A Break In Mendoza charts a year in the life of a young rugby player trying to put his life and rugby career back together and the extraordinary events along the way.

The father and author is Carl Igolen-Robinson.

In support of the RFU Injured Players Foundation: rfuipf.org.uk.

Further details

This is CARL IGOLEN-ROBINSON’s first book. The idea to put his son’s story down in writing first came to him after a chance meeting with a friend in the fixtures and fittings aisle of a DIY shop. When asked by his friend what his news was, Carl told the story. By the time he’d finished, his friend was in tears. Decision made; the story needed to be shared!
Carl is donating 100% of his royalties of the sale of this book to the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

Rating: 5.00 out of 5 (8 customer ratings)
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Reviews

New Customer
Inspiring read
Review date:

Two rugby teams, two continents, one devastating neck injury. This is a story about the power of human friendship overcoming distance and potential disaster. The author writes with an easy style that gives insight into human resilience and the power of kindness and friendship. I read it in one sitting.


Verified Purchase
please wait
B.J. Sadler
A poignant insight into a spec
Review date: 23rd February 2021

A poignant insight into a special rugby community. A really engaging book that leaves you full of admiration for Luke and the many people who where there to help him get back on his feet and back to the sport he loves.


Verified Purchase
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J.C. Button
Moving and awe inspiring
Review date: 23rd February 2021

I loved this book - it is moving and awe inspiring.... and the fact that it is based on reality, a truly incredible story. Even if you don’t have rugby playing boys in your house, you will be moved, fascinated and compelled to see how it ends... And if you do have rugby boys, then it will blow you away with worry, concern ....but mostly, hope.
There is a sprinkle of good luck, an amazing cast of characters and without giving the end away, suspense and tension. It really is a roller coaster of a read.


Verified Purchase
please wait
R. Kitzinger
An outstanding story
Review date: 21st February 2021

An outstanding story which I couldn't put down. It is written with such honesty and reflection which is both heart warming and tear jerking. Thoroughly recommended for parents and rugby/sport enthusiasts.


Verified Purchase
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P.A.Blair
I cannot recommend this book e
Review date: 23rd February 2021

Very few books which I have read have been so profoundly moving and humanly felt. It is a story of love, beginning with love of rugby. I cannot recommend this book enough.


Verified Purchase
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A Thomas
Every parent’s nightmare
Review date: 3rd February 2021

Every parent’s nightmare - send your child away on a school rugby tour and they get seriously injured - but this account is written as an almost minute by minute account by the child’s father. It’s wonderful to see how the schools both home and abroad provide such excellent physical and moral support the ordeal. However, most incredible of all is the way in which the rugby community rally round and ensure that Carl and his son receive the best possible care in every respect.
A heartwarming tale with a happy ending.


Verified Purchase
please wait
Mei Thomas
An amazing story
Review date: 3rd February 2021

A break in Mendoza is an amazing story about an injured young rugby player Luke Igolen-Robinson. An ordinary trip turned into a nightmare. With the care of his father, the superbly kind people in Mendoza and the rugby community, he has made a full recovery. The love, passion and humanity in this book will touch your soul.

Haileybury College reciprocated the Mendocians by providing opportunities for two young pupils to study at their college. I well up every time I think of it.

If you are a rugby lover, or if you would like to discover Southern American culture, and spare a few tears, read this book.


Verified Purchase
please wait
D. Hemstead
An uplifting account
Review date: 3rd February 2021

A Break in Mendoza is an uplifting account of human goodness, recounted with a naturalness of tone which takes the reader beyond natural admiration for the protagonists to feeling that they actually know them.


Verified Purchase
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