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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.

Excellent read

 on 2 August 2017
By Peter Donaldson
Excellent – heart felt, open and emotional, seeing him grow into the person he deserves to be. Hero rugby player and you can tell his passion for the sport with wonderful stories of amazing games and teams. Worthwhile read for all.

Great read

 on 1 November 2015
By PrincessCakes
Good holiday reading, enjoyable book

Four Stars

 on 26 May 2015
By Adrian Thomas
Great book.

Five Stars

 on 30 August 2017
By Amazon Customer
Excellent book

Four Stars

 on 30 December 2014
By Lynne
Order & delivery straight forward as i would expect, only downside the book jacket was damaged.

In the sandbox

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 on 16 March 2015
By Craig
I am 29 and a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Even though DADT was kicked in 2010 it just means you won’t get fired for being gay. It doesn’t mean you won’t get your ass handed to you or wont lose the respect of your friends, subordinates or superiors or peers. My job is to be in command of 30 men. Being open would put that in jeopardy which is sad to say after working hard to gain respect. I guess you have to weight up the options. What else would I do for work if I did not have this! That’s probably what Mr. Thomas had to confront.

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