Back from the Edge (Paperback)
Mental Health and Addiction in Sport
In the press!
As seen in The Telegraph (November 2019): Luke Sutton exclusive interview: 'A warning to players and clubs – professional sport is a breeding ground for addiction.'
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.
Author interview on ESPN CricinfoESPN Cricinfo
Author video interview on Cricket WorldCricket World
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Phenomenal. Powerful.Amazon Customer, January 2020
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.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Brutally honest and inspiring readAmazon Customer, January 2020
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.
Click here to read author interviewThe Malestrom
'Sport is a breeding ground for addiction. I felt totally helpless'.Daily Telegraph 21/11/19
Ex-player Luke Sutton has revealed how alcohol problems took him to the brink.
As featured on Cricket WebCricket Web
Author interview with presenter Ian SkyeBBC 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