New Memoir Recalls One Terrible Day Following a Trauma

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Christine Russell’s “The Three Birds” allows readers a glimpse into the horror of head injury

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“The Three Birds” is, as Russell says, a true story that involves drama, heartache, willpower and love.

Christine Russell’s new book “The Three Birds” (published by Trafford Publishing) represents her chronicle of the injury of her husband, Derek, when he suffered a traumatic head injury following a fall.

“The day begins as normal, but by late afternoon, he had been airlifted to one of the world’s leading neurology hospitals with traumatic injuries,” Russell writes. “Standing outside the critical care unit, I was approached by a professor asking if I would agree to the use of his injuries for research. Research, I assumed, was only performed on dead people. Was it too late to say my good-byes to my loved one?”

An excerpt from “The Three Birds”:

“It is strange what kind of thoughts go through your mind in a stressful situation. I was trying to remember what Derek said he wanted at his funeral, and I just could not think of the songs he wanted played-not hymns but Elvis songs. He said he did not want a morbid funeral. I knew he said he wanted ‘Space Oddessy’ played as he came through the doors of the crematorium.”

“The Three Birds” is, as Russell says, a true story that involves drama, heartache, willpower and love. It traces her movements from a rural village in Norfolk, England, to a neurology hospital in Cambridgeshire. The book remembers that one terrible day and the recovery period that followed, so that Russell’s husband – and any other readers who might have suffered through a similar ordeal – might know how trying it was for his family, and how hard they worked to support him.

About the Author
Christine Russell still lives in the small, sleepy village in rural Norfolk, England, where she was born, the youngest of three sisters and a brother. She is married to Derek, with two married sons, one granddaughter and five grandsons. She loves living in the countryside, surrounded by wildlife.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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