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**WINNER British Sports Book Awards SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR**

**Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award**

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself.

This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something that might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch, playing the sport he loved. But all his success didn’t make the strain of hiding who he really was go away. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge.

The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective. Gareth’s inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15388 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091958334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091958336
  • ASIN: B00KCRP8YY
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Wow. What a man

 on 7 August 2017
By Kevin
This is an amazing insight into Gareth`s life. The book is a compelling read and I could not put it down. It is well written and not the ramble that some of the sport autobiographies can be. He is very honest. It has been a privilege to read this book and I wish him well in his future life.

Honest and inspirational.

 on 10 May 2015
By Willliam, Oxford
An honest account of ‘Alfie’ as he grows up, achieves initial success and builds on this to attain international status. Also, one of only a very few accounts of how a famous sportsman struggled with his homosexuality and of how, in this case, his inner conflicts affected his family and drove him to the brink before he decided, courageously, to be honest with himself and to others.

and best when he is talking about his family

 on 23 June 2015
By P. Shuttleworth
Honest, and best when he is talking about his family, his friends and his teams, this biography was solid and well crafted. It’s quirky at times and that must be Alfie’s character coming through. When he writes about the dressing room and the reception he received from all those close to him, even his wife, on his coming out, the book is at its best. If I am honest I didn’t care much for the chapter which covered every other coming out in sport before and since Alfie but overall it was a good read.

A good example of a man, as well as a gay man

 on 12 October 2017
By PaintedDog
The book does as much for straight men by showing what deep hinesty and vunerability can look like as it does for any gay man in the closet or not. The best book I’ve ever read on the reality of being in the closet and the pain of coming out.

heartbreaking.

 on 1 November 2015
By Pamela Jones
The book came in good time and the packaging excellent as always. ….this is an honest and candid autobiography of a fine rugby player……..heartbreaking in parts but ultimately uplifting….highly recommended.

Gareth is an inspiration and he deserves the happiness that he now has

 on 11 October 2014
By Bobo
A fascinating and fabulous book, well written with a lot of thought put into it. Gareth is an inspiration and he deserves the happiness that he now has. As a non sports person I am appalled at the degree of violence there is in the game of rugby. Would recommend this book as an insight into the trauma and heartache that is involved in coming out later in life
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