Proud: My Autobiography Hardcover – 11 Sep 2014
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"Astonishingly powerful" (The Times)
"Proud offers an enthralling insight into a world and a struggle to which we are rarely given access… Thomas’ story is a harrowing reminder that sportsmen are as vulnerable as the rest of us… The honesty with which Thomas presents his many dark moments makes this an absolute must-read. An eye-opening glimpse into the inner turmoil of a national hero" (Sport Magazine)
"Inspiring and moving" (Daily Telegraph)
"Sensational" (Rugby World)
"Achingly honest" (Guardian)
The inspiring true story of the first professional sportsman to come out while still playingSee all Product Description
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This was a powerful book, thank god for Kindle, I could read without fear, yeah I know coward huh?
I am not an English scholar so give me a free pass for any grammar errors or spelling mistake. Five stars.
I am familiar with the inner turmoil Mr Thomas experienced and I hope those who are straight and read his autobiography understand how spot on he was with what its like, well for me anyways.I think I am about 10 years behind Mr. Thomas and as yet cannot see myself taking the steps out he has. Although his story did instill that feeling being gay does not make you less of a man. It seems stupid but that is one of the barriers I had stuck in my head. I'm gay so I have to be twice the man in aggression, in blood and in no BS just to feel equal to straight men. Its just how I feel even now at times, where does that come from? After reading Proud I walk just a little taller and feel a little lighter in the dark times in my mind. I don't feel so heavy with the secret.
I've been watching some Rugby on youtube since reading Proud all I can say is F**** now THAT is a crazy game! No pads! In the NFL you bleed a little you are off, in Rugby it seems you bleed and keep going. Much respect for the guys in that game.Read more ›
This is not a book about rugby (no boring accounts of games and great tries, which can all be seen online anyway), but the game's values do shine through. What I found most interesting is the apparent contradiction between the homophobic machismo of the herd of his youth, that caused him to hide behind the 'Alfie' persona, and the genuine concern and acceptance from individual friends and players when he comes out, which shows all the values that make you proud of the game. We are all better people as individuals than when we feel compelled to be part of some group mentality; the rugby community thankfully seems way ahead of games like football in its acceptance of personal issues like sexuality and mental health.
Michael Calvin has done a good job here and this is very readable. Best of all is seeing Gareth conquer his demons, realise the value of truth and come out a much happier man. Sounds simple but it takes guts.
Like the autobiography of Nigel Owens, 'Proud' is an inspirational account of how one's sexuality should be no barrier to success in sport nor, indeed, in any career.
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This is unusual as far as rugby autobiographies go. Thomas' time on the rugby field is skimmed over - what we have instead is an in-depth description of Thomas' inner turmoil as he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sport Nut