Butterfly Within: A Triathlete's Race Against
a Brain Tumour


By: Rachel Bown
September 2016
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781910878439
143 Pages, Illustrated
$22.50 Paper original


The Butterfly Within follows Special Educational Needs PE teacher and international triathlete Rachel Bown through a year which changes her life forever. It begins on the day she is diagnosed with a brain tumour and finishes when she proudly returns to racing for Team GB. The reader is taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. We witness hope exploring new depths and determination reaching new heights. 

She writes about the characters she meets along the way and how they have helped her to become the person she is today. 

Throughout her story, Rachel recognises the love of those closest to her and understands fully how lucky she is to have their unwavering support. Her focus is always on embracing the life she has been given and defying the so-called insurmountable. 

Rachel's humorous outlook will have the reader laughing with her wit and honesty; and perhaps shedding a few tears at the low points of her story. Fundamentally, she wants to show that people are good and kind and that if you have faith, there is always hope. 

A truly inspirational story as Rachel fights her tumour with everything she's got!