- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 19249 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (19 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008TGOJAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matt's had a difficult life by anyone's standards. He's been diagnosed with clinical depression; self harm; had a single mother who used to hit him; became addicted to the club drug scene in his early teens; and was in rehab for a crystal meth addiction before the London 2012 games. Not to mention that he's one of the few openly gay athletes out there, and only met his father for the first time in his early twenties.
Alongside the stories of his life to date, the book is filled with anecdotes and insight on the dangers, pain and sacrifice it takes to become a world-class diver.
Matt comes across as being honest, likeable, and quite vulnerable. He describes that he has some Asperger's type traits, which he may have inherited from his mother. He does come across as sometimes being a bit lonely and a bit of an outsider - as a child he lacked the empathy to see that rather than playing with his rabbit, he was actually killing the poor thing.
Perhaps because of these traits, I sometimes felt that the book didn't give enough attention to describing the people that surround Matt. His grandmother sounds like a saint, and his partner Lachlan an amazing guy - I'd like to have known more about them - even basic things like what they look like, alongside their own interests and struggles. They're only really represented through Matt himself, and they could be bigger characters in their own right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating and moving account of what this talented young man went through en route to Olympic success and his bravery in confronting and dealing with his demons.Published 12 months ago by Ian Dennehey
Well written and easy read. Matthew seems like a really great guy and its a very honest book. Highly recommendedPublished on 20 Dec. 2014 by Chris Rutty
From a throw away comment watching Matt at the commonwealth games I bought this book, what a life he has had, would recomend this book.Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by Mr Andrew D English
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A fascinating life story of an Olympic gold medalist whose life went through many twists and turns.Published on 9 Sept. 2013 by Lady Gaydar