Coming Up for Air
What I Learned from Sport, Fame and Fatherhood
Longlisted for Autobiography of the Year, Sports Book Awards 2022
The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller
‘Honest and moving – everything a memoir should be’ The Sun
‘An illuminating look at what it takes to be an Olympian … in this story, passion reigns supreme’ Cosmopolitan
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.
About the author
One of the world’s most recognised Olympic athletes and double World Diving Champion, Tom Daley won gold at the European Championship in 2008 at the age of just thirteen. In 2012, he won his first title at the FINA Diving World Series, alongside his second European gold, before scooping bronze medals at the London Olympics and then again in Rio.
In 2021, Tom won gold medals in the individual and synchro events at the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup before heading to Tokyo to compete in his fourth Olympics, winning a gold and bronze medal, making him the most-decorated British diver of all time. A three-time BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year winner and an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights across the world, Tom currently lives in London with his husband and son.