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Nile Wilson - My Story (Paperback)

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By Nile Wilson
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 32 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526797063
Published: 30th June 2024


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Nile Wilson is known to many as a Great Britain Gymnast who won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and who is England’s most successful ever gymnast at a Commonwealth Games following his 5 medals in 2018. Yet, Nile is so much more than just a gymnast. A YouTuber with over a million subscribers, a social media influencer, a successful businessman and entrepeneur, Nile is also an advocate for mental health awareness, and who has been very open about his own personal struggles.

Nile Wilson – My Story gives an unprecedented look into Nile’s true battle to be fit and ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - throughout the Games and the aftermath. The public perception of Nile Wilson is his humour, openness and how down to earth he is, all of which is true. Due to this perception however, people presume they know everything about him. This book will shatter that perception, and reveal the struggles behind the smiles, from the brutal reality of performing at an elite sporting level, to the mental health battles Nile has had to fight – and continues to fight – every day.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Nile Wilson book, Nile Wilson - My Story is way more than I was expecting.
I know of Nile from his Olympic career, his You Tube channel, and his videos with Tom Daley. But, with this read, I was able to glimpse the deeper side of Nile.
His story isn't an easy one, as he has suffered from mental illness issues and addiction. It's definitely a tough read at times. And more than anything, Nile is strong in his encouragement of others to ask for help when they need it.
I definitely enjoyed this book and the deeper look into Nile's serious side. He has definitely experienced a lot of obstacles along his way to success. I am impressed with this story.

NetGalley, Amy Dufera

As a fan of Nile's YouTube channel, I was initially concerned this would be a bare-bones retelling of what he already shares online alongside his friends and family, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I was taken aback by some of the chapters in this book, particularly those surrounding his struggles with alcohol and gambling, and the trouble with Leeds Gymnastics club and British Gymnastics. These chapters give a 'cards on the table', raw and gritty insight into his personal battles and the hard-truths about the sport, seemingly filling in the blanks from his life lived online... Great book for budding Gymnasts AND those less flexible!

NetGalley, Leigh McLintock

As someone who has been supporting Nile, initially with his gymnastics career for around 7 years now, this was a really interesting read! I really felt Nile’s passion for his career and family and found it refreshingly honest in terms of addiction and mental health.

NetGalley, Lauren Hudspeth

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was so well written. I was engrossed from the first page and it ticked all the boxes of my expectations. I would definitely recommend to others.

NetGalley, Caroline Craig David

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A must read, I found this story of Nile Wilson both emotional and inspirational!

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Nile Wilson - My Story is the autobiographical story of British gymnast Nile Wilson. Nile chronicles his gymnastics career from the early years, to the Rio Olympics, and all the way through to his retirement in early 2021. The book also covers the hardships he experienced throughout his journey, dealing with topics such as injuries, addictions, mental health struggles, and coming forward with allegations of the abusive culture in British gymnastics.

I am so grateful to have had my wish granted for this book because Nile Wilson - My Story is a great read from start to finish. I am a big gymnastics fan and always looking to learn more about the sport. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of Nile Wilson's gymnastics accomplishments; there are many and they are very impressive. But what really makes this book is that he does not shy away from any of the hard subjects, and he is incredibly honest about all of the different internal and external battles that he faced. I will also give a tremendous amount of applause for Wilson choosing to come forward with his story of abuse allegations against British gymnastics, along with his support of fellow gymnasts also coming forward. This takes strength and bravery and also continues to change the culture of the sport. I recommend that fellow gymnastics fans pick up a copy of Nile Wilson - My Story when it is published.

NetGalley, Jennifer Coito

The book was more revealing than I expected but that might be more to do with not really knowing much about Nile other than him being a ridiculously talented athlete. It’s a short one – clocking in at just under one hundred and fifty pages – but it was an eye-opening look at the high-stress pressure imposed on amateur athletes and what it takes to not only reach the top, but the struggle to stay there.

NetGalley, Brandon Sears

First of all I would like to say that I watch Nile Wilson on his YouTube channel and follow him as he is such a good entertainment source I absolutely enjoyed his journey and I think that he is very talented and has a great mindset which I thought was amazing and this definitely came through in the book as I absolutely loved that he wrote it and it came across as something very authentic.

NetGalley, Beth Anderson

About Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson is an Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medal-winning gymnast. His YouTube channel, which now has over a million subscribers, includes videos that are not only educational, but also highly entertaining and to date have been viewed over 150 million times. Nile has his own merchandise range and is deeply passionate about getting youngsters into gymnastics. This autobiography is his second book for White Owl Books, his first being 'Raising the Bar'.

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