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This Is Me: The Autobiography Kindle Edition
By the age of 14, at a time when most boys are coming to terms with teenage life, Ian Thorpe was representing his country and becoming the youngest ever individual male world champion. The ‘Thorpedo’ was soon the most famous swimmer in the world, routinely picking up Olympic gold medals and setting record-breaking times. But behind the public face of success, there was the hardship of a life lived in the constant glare of media attention and rumour. As Thorpe continued to work for his fans, he hid away a secret battle against depression and was ushered into retirement at just 24 years of age. Raw, honest and compelling, Thorpe’s memoir brilliantly unveils the costs that sometimes come with unimaginable success.
‘Fans of his easy style are in for a shock with his book’ - Giles Hattersley, Sunday Times
About the Author
- ASIN : B008EK91XU
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Australia (1 November 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 7633 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 92,918 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is subtitled `This is Me', and it is what drives him, what sustains him, which would be really interesting. Instead the central section of the book is a rather bland catalogue of training and competitions. It is sadly only in the opening sections and in his final (courageous) admission of his depression that we get something of the person, of `me', which is more of a pity because he's a complex and attractive individual. Perhaps he felt he'd opened up enough. The resulting auto/biography is interesting, if ultimately frustrating.