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y separately published work icon Twists and Turns single work   autobiography  
Note: Written with Larry Writer.
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Twists and Turns
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'"People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold medal and fame hadn't changed me."

'"I always responded, 'Why would I change? Being me is the easiest person to be.' I was lying. It wasn't."

'At the Beijing Olympic Games, Matthew Mitcham made history with an unforgettable dive, scoring perfect tens, and winning gold for Australia.

'There was no hint of the harrowing battle this talented young dynamo had fought with clinical depression, self-harm, and his addiction to alcohol and drugs including crystal meth (also known as Ice).

'Joyously out and proud, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet even after Beijing and ranking No 1 in the world, beneath that cheeky, fun-loving exterior he was painfully aware of how easily it could unravel. Unbeknownst to everyone, even those closest to him, Matthew turned to crystal meth as a way of dealing with his personal demons some of which stemmed from his childhood.

'When injury further threatened his London Olympic hopes, he struggled to overcome his addictions, and balance his perfectionism with the old fear of self-doubt. He may not have won gold but he triumphed over his physical and emotional pain - and showed us the true meaning of sportsmanship.

'Twists and Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion, in and out of the pool.' (From the publisher's website.)

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2012 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Harper Collins.
      Extent: 320p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 15 November 2012.
      ISBN: 9780732294892 (pbk.), 9781743095089 (ebk.)

Works about this Work

In Short: Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 December 2012; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 21-22 December 2012; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-23 December 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of Twists and Turns Matthew Mitcham , 2012 single work autobiography
Mitcham Back after Taking a Dive Deborah Snow , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 November 2012; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 November 2012; (p. 1)
In Short: Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 December 2012; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 21-22 December 2012; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-23 December 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of Twists and Turns Matthew Mitcham , 2012 single work autobiography
Mitcham Back after Taking a Dive Deborah Snow , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 November 2012; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 November 2012; (p. 1)
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