Back from the Edge - Mental Health and Addiction in Sport
Publisher: White Owl
“One of the most open and honest and thought-provoking books on the effect addiction and alcohol can have on the career and life of a county cricketer.” —Deep Extra Cover
The truth is that professional sports are a breeding ground for addictive behavior.
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 sports 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 roller coaster journey through rehab, and the important lessons he’s learned 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 addiction in sports. 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.
“A raw account of his alcoholism and the process of rebuilding his life.” —The Telegraph
“One of the most honest cricket books ever written.” —ESPNcricinfo