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Sam Quek (Hardback)

Hope and a Hockey Stick

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Biography Hobbies & Lifestyle > Sport

Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526733498
Published: 16th July 2018



National Publicity!

  • As seen on Good Morning Britain, 25th July 2018


  • 'A unique story that will leave you inspired' - OK!, August 2018 
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She rose to prominence as one of the Team GB women’s hockey team that made history by winning Olympic gold in Rio in 2016. But Sam Quek’s path to glory was far from easy.

Overcoming adversity from a young age, she dreamed of competing for her country in the Olympic arena – yet saw those dreams nearly crushed when she narrowly missed out on selection for Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

Hitting rock bottom and contemplating quitting the sport she loved, she battled back to defy the odds and become part of a success story that captivated millions of TV viewers who were on the edge of their seats as Great Britain overcame arch rivals Netherlands in a thrilling final.
Since then Sam has faced her fears on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and has branched out from hockey, proving herself to be a popular and authoritative voice on a range of sports from men and women's football to NFL.

Outspoken, courageous and funny, Sam gives readers a unique insight into what it takes to become an elite sportsperson as she charts her remarkable journey from humble beginnings in Liverpool to Olympic gold.

Her story is fascinating, poignant and very readable.

Books Monthly

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best book ever!!

This book is very inspiring and persuades you to play more hockey. Sam is an amazing person as she never gives up. This book deserves 5 stars.

Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great autobiography and a compelling read.

Superbly written autobiography. Sam’s passion, commitment and honesty comes shining through. Having seen many of the events it describes, it has her authentic voice throughout. Would recommend to anyone interested in finding out how you come through adversity to become a winner.

Amazon Customer

This was a very interesting read and a fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of a sporting champion.

Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great book!
Great book - really enjoyed. Takes you through Sam’s hockey career with a little about her personal life too. Even if not a hockey fan it’s an interesting overview of her drive and commitment to succeed.

Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A terrific read.
A well written account of Sam Quek's pursuit of her Olympic dream. It made me laugh in parts and brought a tear to my eye in others. Above all her brutal honesty in showing the mental and physical pressures on elite athletes is to be commended. An inspirational story.

Amazon Customer

A unique story that will leave you inspired

From a young age, Sam Quek has had to overcome challenges, from narrowly missing out on both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games to almost quitting the sport she loved. Now, after being part of Team GB's Women's hockey team that won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sam releases a book about what it takes to become an elite sportsperson.

OK!, August 2018

Author article: Female athletes should be able to look good without being sexualised

Click here to read article.

BBC Sport

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Highly recommended - One of the Best Sports Autobiographies I've Ever Read

I've read a lot of sports autobiographies in my time but this is up there with the best... Hugely inspiring read, which I cannot recommend enough.

Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Gold Stars for Sam Quek

This book gave great insight into the life of a GB hockey player, I had no idea how much behind the scenes work went in to getting the team to the point where the Ladies won their Gold Medal... Great book and a great window into the GB hockey program and life after winning an Olympic Gold medal.

Amazon Customer

As featured in

The Bookseller, 6th April 2018
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