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Back from the Edge (Paperback)

Mental Health and Addiction in Sport

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Sport Military > Memoirs

By Luke Sutton
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9781526767547
Published: 4th November 2019
Last Released: 29th June 2022


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The truth is that professional sport is a breeding ground for addictive behaviour.

Luke Sutton is a business owner and successful agent to sporting stars such as James Taylor, Nile Wilson and Sam Quek, but his life didn't always look so positive.

Back from the Edge reveals the huge ups and major downs that a professional career in sport can bring – and the mental health difficulties that can plague a sportsperson along the way. Luke knows this more than most. Brutally but refreshingly honest, this no-frills autobiography of the former professional cricketer describes in detail the moment he hit rock bottom, how he got there, his rollercoaster journey through rehab, and the important lessons he’s learnt since.

Throughout the book, Luke remains candid and reveals how his addictions affected his personal life, from his friends to family to his children. Back from the Edge is heart-wrenching. It's also thoroughly genuine, funny and utterly inspirational, and has allowed the former cricketer to speak about his mental health and to raise awareness of addictive behaviour in sport. Now a sports agent, he is perfectly placed to spot the warning signs in young stars, and to support them before they spiral into the same type of experiences he faced.

As featured in

Sheffield Cricket Lovers' Society Year Book 2024

Interview article as featured by

The Cricketer, March 2020

Author interview on ESPN Cricinfo

ESPN Cricinfo

Author video interview on Cricket World

Cricket World

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Phenomenal. Powerful.

Searingly honest. Brutally brave and above all very very powerful. Luke’s story is massively helpful for anyone who has fought their own demons of addiction and mental health and a source of insight and wisdom to those just trying to understand. It’s the kind of book I’ll go back and read again and again.

Amazon Customer, January 2020

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Brutally honest and inspiring read

Books such as this only work if the author is completely honest about what they went through and Luke is brutally honest in his book. He talks about when he was at his lowest, but this only draws you into his story and makes his recovery even more inspiring.

Even if you've never been through what Luke has, you will feel for him as he shares his story. He would be the last person you would expect to face mental health and addiction problems, yet this is a big part of his book as it's possible for anyone to suffer at some point in their lives. A successful cricketer and businessman, with a happy family life, yet he suffered the same as anyone else with difficulties. He talks in detail about his time in rehab and the amazing people who helped him become the person he is today.

I don't want to spoil the conclusion, but the book has a happy ending yet also offers a stark warning to other sportsmen and women and the warning signs we all need to spot in our friends and family. A fantastic read that gripped me from start to finish.

Amazon Customer, January 2020

Click here to read author interview

The Malestrom

'Sport is a breeding ground for addiction. I felt totally helpless'.

Ex-player Luke Sutton has revealed how alcohol problems took him to the brink.

Daily Telegraph 21/11/19

As featured on Cricket Web

Cricket Web

Author interview with presenter Ian Skye

BBC Radio Derby, 18th November 2019

A brutally honest and highly personal account of the major ups and downs of a sporting career.

The Bookseller 16/8/19

About Luke Sutton

Luke Sutton was a professional cricket player for over 15 years, captaining Derbyshire for a number of years. Although he was primarily a wicketkeeper, he was also a very skilled batsman. Now an agent to a number of high-profile sports and media stars. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wicketkeepers follows Luke’s The Life of a Sports Agent: The Middleman and his 2019 autobiography Back from the Edge.

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