Life on a Thread

Life on a Thread

My story


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SAS trooper and trainee pilot Jamie Hull was flying solo when his aircraft caught fire. It should have been the end of his life, but it was the beginning of his story.

With flames up to his chin, he brought the plane in, climbed out and jumped from the wing. As he lay on the ground, fully conscious, waiting for the emergency services, he could smell his flesh burn.

Even if he survived, what would he have left to live for?

But this man is made of stern stuff. He fought back from the brink of death, and created a new and profoundly meaningful life from the wreckage of his experience.

Meet Jamie Hull, former Special Services soldier, now Ambassador for Help for Heroes and veteran of two marathons, a 3,000-mile bicycle race across America and an expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro. His story will take to you to the furthest extremes of human endurance and endeavour.

© Jamie Hull 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • Extraordinary. An inspiration to all of us.
    Ross Kemp

About the author

Jamie Hull

Motivational speaker, adventurer, former police officer and Special Forces Reservist, Jamie Hull was thirty-two when his life changed forever. Jamie was training to be a pilot in the US when his plane engine caught fire on a solo flight. Blow-torched by the flames, he suffered 63% 3rd and 4th degree burns, and was given a 5% chance of survival. He has undergone more than 60 operations under general anaesthetic, and has since fought to rebuild his life with extraordinary determination and courage. He is now a Help for Heroes ambassador, working with ex-servicemen and women in their recovery. This is his first book. He lives in London.
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