• Coming Up for Air

  • What I Learned from Sport, Fame and Fatherhood
  • By: Tom Daley
  • Narrated by: Tom Daley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for Autobiography of the Year, Sports Book Awards 2022 

The instant Sunday Times best seller 

A deeply personal and inspiring memoir from one of the most celebrated and influential names in British sport.  

Tom Daley captured the hearts of the nation with his unforgettable medal-winning performance in the London 2012 Olympics. At this year’s Games in Tokyo, he triumphed to win gold and became the most decorated British diver of all time.

In this deeply personal book, Tom explores the experiences that have shaped him and the qualities to which he owes his contentment and success; from the resilience he developed competing at world-class level, to the courage he discovered while reclaiming the narrative around his sexuality, and the perspective that family life has brought him.

Candid and perceptive, Coming Up for Air offers a unique insight into the life and mindset of one our greatest and most-loved athletes.

©2021 Tom Daley (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Inspirador

increible historia de resilencia, pasion y sacrificio. excelente libro y muy agradable de escuchar la voz de Tom

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How I Loved This Book

I knew who Tom Daley was, due to his olympic victories, but I didn't know much about his life. It was only on the recommendation of a friend, that I purchased "Coming up for Air". I am very glad I did.

Not only was Tom's story extremely engaging, but it was riddled through and through with a tone of basic decency, humanity, thoughtfulness and kindness. Hard to express how much I admire him for the way he struggled with -and eventually overcame- the obstacles set before him.

I learned a lot of things from this book, such as how hard it is to rise to the level of an Olympic athlete, and how much sacrifice, both physical and emotional, it demands, especially of gay athletes. I learned about how discriminatory and cruel many people still are toward gay couples. Also, I learned about the bewildering complications surrounding surrogate births!

I highly recommend this book. It's so rich with experiences and insights, and totally heartfelt. It has really left an imprint on me, and I'll be thinking about it for days.

Finally, I need to mention how beautifully the story was narrated. Tom's voice was crystal clear, friendly and very pleasant to the ear. I think Tom should definitely consider a post-diving career of narrating Audible books!

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  • Lee.
  • 10-15-21

Brilliant

What a fantastic day listening to a fabulous man and his fantastic life up and down he’s gone through…love u Tom

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  • Angell
  • 10-14-21

Love Tom, You'll Love His Book!

Coming Up for Air will that you on a journey of highs, lows and honesty, up until the point Tom reaches his ultimate Golden Goal 💙

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-22

Great listen

I really enjoyed this book, it was en easy listen. Coming from a sporting background, it was really relatable. I enjoyed listening to the challenges he's had to deal with on his life and how he's overcome them.

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  • London Guy
  • 05-21-22

Inspirational, uplifting and full of love

An inspirational and lifting story from our national treasure - Tom Daley. I really recommend Tom’s book Coming Up for Air. Loved every minute of this insight into the life of this young man who has endured and achieved so so much.

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  • M
  • 03-09-22

Not what I’d hoped for

I really wanted to like this audiobook.

I found Tom’s voice very hard to listen to - it was flat, no almost robotic. There was no enthusiasm or passion in the narration, which made it less than interesting to listen to. I stuck it out to part way through chapter 2, then gave up.

Really disappointed.

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  • Helen Cartin
  • 03-07-22

honest and inspiring listen

loved this snapshot into life with Tom Daley, dad, son, husband, friend, Olympic champion and knitting sensation. thank you for sharing .

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  • David Wills
  • 02-21-22

Just brilliant!!

Excellent writing and narration by Tom. A sheer pleasure to read and hear. Perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-22

Great story of hard work and determination

For a young man his life so far has been eventful with some real highs and challenges but also grief.
I really enjoyed this audio book, I was gripped and moved often. Was a fan of Tom before and this book sealed the deal.

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  • Andy pandy
  • 02-07-22

Great read

excellent read a fantastic insight into the world of diving and Olympics highly recommend

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  • Anthony
  • 01-18-22

A Very compelling listen.

A good measure on how well LGBTQ rights have improved in sport & life.

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  • Alexandra C.
  • 11-04-21

The greatest athlete of our time!

So honest and raw. Bloody brilliant! Storytelling at its finest enabling me to paint a picture of every word.