The Inspire book tells twelve stories about twelve people from the United Kingdom. Through a series of face to face interviews, the author Oliver Chittenden, gives an insight into the minds of these remarkable people, alongside specially commissioned portraits by the photographer Sam Pelly.
They include the adventurer Bear Grylls, the athlete Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, the creator of the Eden Project Tim Smit, the BBC reporter John Simpson and the former Beirut hostage Terry Waite.
Inspire presents a cross-section of some of the country's most talented, courageous and motivated individuals from a variety of different fields, with a specially contributed foreword by Sir Richard Branson, as well as a tribute to Jayne Tomlinson, whose courage against cancer, epitomises what this book is about.
Inspire tells the story of their lives, highlighting their achievements, and sharing the lessons they have learnt. At the same time, it hopes to inspire the reader with their courageous stories.
Above all, it shows how ordinary people can achieve extra-ordinary things in the world today.