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He writes with candid honesty about the issues and events that affect him, using flashbacks to earlier periods in his life to add further detail. As critical of himself as of others, he talks openly about his close relationship with his father and coach, Malcolm; the devastating death of his mother, Lesley; the importance of his girl-friend Vanessa – herself a former world number one, and his fierce and often acrimonious rivalry with fellow Yorkshireman and former world number one Nick Matthew.
Donald McRae, The Guardian
The Independent’s Book of the Week
Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph
Patrick Kidd, The Times
Matt Pinsent, BBC Sport and former Olympian
Tony Smith, Warrington Wolves head coach