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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (8 Jun 2006)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753511908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753511909
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An honest account of Kelly's emotional and physical rollercoaster to glory' Mail on Sunday 'Readers will enjoy the access into her childhood and her years in the Army' The Times"

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An honest account of Holmes's roller coaster life- from growing up as the only mixed child in a white community to winning two gold medals at the Olympics in 2004.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 27 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
Black, White and Gold : My Autobiography by Kelly Holmes is a delighful read. The autobiography features one of the greatest British female athletic to emerge and establish history in the field of athletics. The glorious achievement of claiming two well deserved gold medals during 2004 Athens Olympics gained her widespread recognition. She joins the elite list of the greatest British Olympicans. This include the line up of Coe, Orvett, Cramp,Thompson, Sanderson, Christie and Gunnell. This is a prestigious list to represent.

The autobiography is a reflection on a remarkable career which details all the major setbacks including injuries, family problems and uphill struggles during her scholling and army days, major championships triumps and dissapointments,(Commonwealth, Olympics, World Championship, European, Grand prixs)) and her impending retirement. Majority of Kelly Holme's life is beautifully covered, which is interesting and fascinating to read. A special section is included to feature figures in relation to qualifying times, medals wons and championship entered.

The autobiography is well written by Kelly Holmes. This is an opportunity to reveal her story of achieving Olympic success and what it feels like. It is a real treat anyone who expressed an interest in athletics. One must appreciate that Kelly Holmes route to success was by no means an easy rollocaster as she worked effortlessy hard and taken sacrifices in life to achieve her dreams. She deservely secures a position of Olympic greats. The autobiography is a delightful read of a truly remarkable and genuine nice natured person.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "pink_cyclist" on 5 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book! One that i couldn't put down. It gives a great insight into not only athletics but army life too which was interesting. Its a book thats easy to read and full of interesting information. She also writes about training in africa and there were some funny parts when she wrote about her room mate. All round this is an excellent book and the last sentence leaves you with a lasting message.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 20 Jun 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'd been a fan of Kelly for about ten years and was so pleased to see her win double gold in Athens. However I really didn't know a lot about her life off the track, this book is very candid and revealing, (although some areas she keeps private, and as those areas are not relevant to her story they are not missed.)
Kelly talks about her life growing up, as a mixed race child in Kent and her family life, highs and lows; the how, where and why of her joining the army and the drive and passion that finally brought her into serious championship track athletics.
The information on her training regimes over the years and her need for total focus and how she approached her races, including Athens provides fascinating information. Her list of injuries and how these were overcome or just lived with just makes a fan like me have even more admiration for her and I'm sure will endear her to all the readers of this book.
The book is written in a very easy style, and you can hear Kelly saying all of it. With some nice photos and a down to earth approach it's a really refreshing read. All sports fans and definitely Kelly fans will enjoy this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Torch on 7 Mar 2007
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From life as a kid up to winning her two Olympic golds, Kelly's story of struggle and success will grip you all the way. Growing up as a mixed-raised kid, see how Kelly makes her way to the top of her sport and become an Olympic hero.

This is a personally written autobiography by Kelly, in which she expresses her feelings throughout the book.

As her dreams go through the ups and downs of athletics, eventually Kelly achieved her goals in Athens. Moving along at a fast pace, sportsmen and women can relate and learn from Kelly, seeing how she works her way up. As she fights her injuries over her career, she shows others that constant determination and perseverance will pay off.

I would recommend this book to any keen sports person or someone who needs inspiring to reach their goal in life. Kelly in this book acts as a perfect role model.
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