Graham Thorpe is the finest batsman produced by the country in a generation. At the vanguard of world cricket for nearly 12 years, during which he reached a landmark century of Test caps, Thorpe played countless match-winning innings in both Test and one-day arenas, and helped transform England from also-rans to the battle-hardened, all-conquering team of today. With startling frankness Thorpe dissects his career in cricket and the inner recesses of his private life: the impact of his bitter divorce; the suicidal depressions; how the death of Ben Hollioake pushed him towards religion; how his comeback Test century at the Oval in 2003 resurrected his life and his career; and his fresh outlook with a new partner and child as a supporter of the Fathers 4 Justice campaign. Thorpe's compelling account of his life goes a long way towards unravelling the mysteries of one of the most enigmatic cricketers of recent times. 

"Seldom have I read a more revealing book about the psychological disintegration of a sportsman during what should have been his best years ... immeasurably superior to the usual ghosted autobiographies"

 

Jason Cowley, Observer Sport Monthly