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The fiercely honest, fearless, darkly funny autobiography of global tennis star Maria Sharapova

In the middle of the night, a father and his daughter step off a Greyhound bus in Florida and head straight to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. They ring the bell, though no one is expecting them and they don't speak English. They have arrived from Russia with just seven hundred dollars and the conviction that this six-year-old girl will be the world's next great tennis star. They are right.

This is Maria Sharapova's gripping and fearless autobiography, telling her story from her roots in the small Siberian town her parents fled to after the Chernobyl disaster, through her arrival in the US with nothing and her phenomenal rise to success - winning Wimbledon aged just seventeen - to the disasters that threatened her career and her fight back.

'A compelling memoir' David Shaftel, Financial Times

'An illuminating account ... This is the bildungsroman of a controversial champion, a portrait of the athlete as an uncommonly driven young woman' Julia Felsenthal, Vogue

Biographies & Memoirs
12 September
Penguin Books Ltd
Penguin Books Limited

Customer Reviews

soph***...7 ,

Brief review

One of the best books I’ve ever read. I was so moved by the passion and drive she had even at such a young age and throughout the whole book. Thank you for sharing your story

GaryTaurino ,

Legacy Saved

Lacked that natural endearment I normally get when reading books like this, for example Jelena Dokic endeared herself to me after reading her story. Maria is an ice Queen and she came across that way throughout this book. A ruthless, competitive beast. Champion nonetheless.

Thuaners ,

Fantastic book. So honest and inspiring. Im so glad i read it

Words cant describe how much i loved reading this. She is my favourite player, and i lived reading this and experiencing her incredible journey vicariously through its pages. Wonderful.

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