Luke Sutton was a professional cricket player for over 15 years, captaining Derbyshire for a number of years. Although he was primarily a wicket keeper, he was also a very skilled batsman. Now an agent to a number of high profile sports and media stars, Luke is well placed to use his experiences to help others.. The truth is that professional sport is a breeding ground for addictive behaviour. 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 sport can bring - and the mental health difficulties that can plague a sportsperson along the way. Luke knows this more than most. Brutually 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 rollercoaster journey through rehab, and the important lessons he's learnt 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 sport. 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.
Detailed account of a battle that rages inside many of us Luke’s tale is one of self discovery and a realisation before it was too late of what could have ultimately destroyed him and those he loves. It’s never too late to realise and accept your flaws.
An important book Brutal honesty and Luke should be proud of his book and indeed himself. Being a bit picky I would have liked to hear a bit more about the actual cricket career as he was a fine county cricketer. His daughter having Type 1 diabetes can’t have helped. I know from experience how challenging that can be that and the impact it can have as a parent too. A fine book.
Every person working or playing in professional sports should read this! Having worked in Elite sports for over 16 years I can attest to many of the issues raised by Luke in this book. His personal story brilliantly articulates elements of this that plenty of sportspeople, or in fact people in general, go through...with a highlight into the added features of elite sport that can exacerbate and even celebrate, some of the more damaging inadvertent consequences of, a life in relentless pursuit of competition, perfection and acceptance. Thoroughly insightful and thank you for sharing publicly Luke
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