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Twists and Turns by [Mitcham, M]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very honest and personal account of Matt Mitcham's journey to becoming a sporting hero.

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.
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I bought this on the strength of a casual comment made by a commentator during the recent commonwealth games in Scotland. I was not disappointed, a tremendous read of heart warming human proportions. Matthew has not tried to gloss over his own character imperfections in his youth which he readily acknowledges and accepts rather than trying to blame everyone around him. That makes it all the more readable and gives some real insight into him as a person. He takes us through how the little s*** that he admits to being at times gradually became what he is today. I'm sure many gay lads will recognise many similarities in him and themselves and it may just help them, but this is not a book obsessed with Matthews sexuality so do not be put off if you are not gay. I knew nothing about him apart from seeing him dive occasionally on TV, having read this book I feel so much respect for him. A young man that deserves everyone's respect.
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I did not know who Matthew Mitcham was but right from the start, I found the autobiography fascinating. He has led such an interesting young life. It will be of interest to both young or old readers, to sporty or non sporty, to gay or straight, to ambitious or not so ambitious. It is a very honest and extremely well written autobiography and a vast selection of photos at the end which give even more meaning to his life. If you enjoy autobiographies, you should love this one!
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This autobiography may not appeal to everyone but it is a honest and brutal account of Mitcham's rise to Olympic gold medalist and beyond. Sometimes we forget about what goes on behind closed doors and the struggles individuals have in simply just finding out who they are - Mitcham is clear and honest in giving the reader a window they can access the highs and lows of his life. A gripping read.
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Frank, honest and moving. Matthew Mitcham is braver than even his fearless 10m diving shows. Excellent role model for young people, straight or gay. His honesty in the face of mental health issues is both commendable and moving - issues that too many people ignore. I read this book on the train (thanks internet downloading!) and sped on until it was completed. Matthew's style is conversational and open, making for an easy read - even when the topic is shocking. Matthew doesn't need my praise - anyone can see what an amazing man he has become through this up close and personal self portrait.
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I do not usually go for this type of autobiography and only did so following a comment made during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Diving events! It is a very honest, insightful and heart warming account of Matt's struggles with his sexuality, depression and drug and alcohol addiction and the difficult road he has travelled to become the sportsman his is today. eworth a read!!
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I bought this book on a whim and I have no regrets! It is a very easy read and I throughly enjoyed it. It provided a nice insight to the life of an Olympian and showed at that they are just human at the end of the day.
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