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The Death of You: Life After Elite Sport (Paperback)

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Sport

By Luke Sutton
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 16 Mono
ISBN: 9781399086059
Published: 3rd October 2023

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Arguably the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, with twenty-eight Olympic medals to his name, was asked if he would like his children to follow in his footsteps. His answer, 'Honestly, in a perfect world, I’d say no. Just because I don’t want them to live in my footsteps. And I also know everything about it – I know the ins and the outs, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, you know, as a parent, it just – it frightens me.’ The truth is that the vast majority of the public don’t understand this alarming answer from Phelps. The question as to why so many elite sportspeople fall off the edge of a cliff in life when they retire is often answered in either a too complicated or too simplistic way to give people a meaningful answer. This book changes that. Using brutally honest interviews with sport stars Matthew Hoggard, Paul Walsh, Gail Emms, Tom May, Johnny Nelson and Clare Shine, Luke Sutton breaks down why this happens for a reader in a way that hasn’t been done yet. Anyone fascinated by sport or elite performance in general will be enthralled by this book. There is so much to take from it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"The Death of You: Life After Elite Sport" by Luke Sutton offers an exploration into the challenges faced by elite athletes post-retirement. The firsthand accounts from the athletes provide valuable takeaways for anyone fascinated by the inner workings of the sports world.

NetGalley, Susie Geissler

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I REALLY enjoyed this. Great writing style, interesting thesis, and covered such a variety of sports it is probably accessible for a wide range of audiences. I only follow gymnastics and I devoured this despite never following badminton, cricket, rugby etc. Definitely recommend.

NetGalley, Emma Carragher

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

So what happens when a top sports person retires from their chosen sport? What challenges do they face? How do they overcome them?

In his latest book Luke Sutton interviews a number of top sports people and asks those and other questions with some very revealing and honest answers provided.

The book is well written and the interviewees well chosen both for their stories and their honesty resulting, at times, an eye opening read.

Definitely recommended.

NetGalley, Lee Carson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was an original, well researched and thought provoking analysis of the issues elite athletes face after retirement. Written by a former professional cricketer who has experienced many ups and downs himself throughout his career this book contains insightful and brutally honest interviews with a number of former stars who make it clear just how tough it is to readjust.

Eye opening and fascinating, this is an excellent and important read.

NetGalley, Greville Waterman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I find this extremely interesting, I’ve always wondered what life after dedicating your whole life to a major sport is like. What comes next? What are the pitfalls and downsides? Is it all worth it? Very interesting read.

NetGalley, Jill Speedman

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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