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Kelly Holmes : Black, White & 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 24mm | 181.44g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2x8 b/w illustration sections
  • 075351317X
  • 9780753513170
  • 347,895

About Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes is a retired English middle distance athlete. She won gold medals in the 800 metres and the 1500 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Today she is National School Sport Champion and the face of Sainsbury's Keep Kids Active campaign and is committed to leading Britain towards a healthier lifestyle.show more

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"This book cracks along at a bracing pace... Holmes is a real-life Cinderella." Mail on Sunday "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." Sunday Sport "Readers will enjoy the access into her childhood and her years in the Army" The Timesshow more

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"Readers will enjoy the access into her childhood and her years in the Army"show more

Back cover copy

'This book cracks along at a bracing pace ... Holmes is a real-life Cinderella' Mail on Sunday 'Readers will enjoy the access into her childhood and her years in the Army' The Times 'This year's must-have story of a national heroine' Sunday Sport For Kelly Holmes, winning double gold at the 2004 Olympics was more than just fulfilling an ambition. It was reward for a lifetime of relentless dedication to sport and for overcoming a secret battle with pain and self-doubt. In her remarkable and frank autobiography, Kelly opens up about her experiences growing up as a mixed race child, being a woman in the Army and the extreme pressure behind the scenes of her athletics career. What emotions boil behind the strong façade? How did she cope with the immense pressures and setbacks which threatened to end her Olympic dreams, and how did it feel to realise them in the end? Now fully updated including Kelly's new goal to help Britain's children get fit and to raise the standards of sports in our schools, as well as her hopes and excitement about the London Olympics in 2012, Black, White and Gold is the inspirational story of a woman who would give anything to realise her dreams.show more

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83 ratings
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