Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes : Black White and Gold. My Autobiography

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Kelly Holmes made history when she brought home double gold in the 2004 Olympics, becoming a national hero. She won Sports Personality of the Year, was given a Damehood, fully backed London's successful 2012 Olympic bid and became a superstar on the red carpet as well as a much acclaimed and consulted professional in the sporting world. Now, in her staggeringly honest updated autobiography, she reveals the times she fought back tears to battle against injury and win gold, plus the emotional decision she made to retire from athletics. Including details of her unsettled childhood, trials in the army and a struggle with self harm, Kelly's amazing determination carries through to make this inspirational and powerful autobiography a tale of triumph over adversity and a model for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 28mm | 299.38g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753511908
  • 9780753511909
  • 1,441,827

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'She has entered an elite level, recognised by everyone everywhere she goes in this country. She wil be ranked alongside the greatest Olympians.' - Lord Sebastian Coe
Kelly Holmes had two dreams - to join the army, and bring home a gold medal from the Olympic Games. But winning double gold in the 2004 Olympics and becoming Dame Kelly Holmes was much more than fulfilling a dream; it was a reward for a lifetime of relentless dedication to sport and a secret battle with pain and self-doubt.
Now fully updated to include her retirement from athletics, Black, White & Gold tells Kelly's story of growing up as a mixed race child, being a woman in the army and the extreme pressure behind the scenes of her athletic career. What emotions boil behind the strong facade? How did she cope with the immense pressures and setbacks that threatened to end her Olympic dreams and how did it feel to realise them in the end?
Black, White & Gold reminds us that there are at least three sides to every hero, and is the inspirational story of a woman who would give everything to realise her dreams.
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Review Text

"In this fine book, as bright as the lady herself, her motivation, her work ethic, her pride, hopes, dreams and disasters are laid bare. This year's must-have story of a national heroine."
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"'An honest account of Kelly's emotional and physical rollercoaster to glory' Mail on Sunday 'Readers will enjoy the access into her childhood and her years in the Army' The Times"
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About Kelly Holmes

Fanny Blake has co-written fifteen books, including Rootless with Bruce Oldfield and A Place in the Sun. She lives in London.
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