Darkness and Light -

Darkness and Light

My Story

By Joe Thompson, Alec Fenn



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Darkness and Light: My Story is the heart-wrenching and soul-stirring autobiography of footballer and two-time cancer survivor, Joe Thompson. His mother's battle with mental illness and father's descent into a life of drugs and crime saw him battle adversity from birth. Football opened up a new world of opportunity when Manchester United signed him, aged nine. Joe spent six years living every boy's dream but was left devastated when the club released him at 16. He bounced back to forge a career in the Football League, before his life was thrown into turmoil. At 23, he was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Six months of chemotherapy followed, which eventually rid his body of the disease. He had been given a second chance at life, but three years later he was given the shock news that his cancer had returned. An 18-day stay in an isolation unit reduced him to skin and bone, but he vowed that he wouldn't be beaten. For a second time, Joe gave cancer the boot and he has since made an incredible return to professional football.

Product code: 9781785314513

ISBN 9781785314513
Publisher Pitch Publishing Ltd
No. Of Pages 256
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H240xW160
Darkness and Light is a thrilling tale of survival against the odds. Joe Thompson overcame a troubled childhood to become a footballer, but was then diagnosed with cancer at 23. He beat the disease and continued his career, only for it to return three years later. He defeated cancer again and then made an astonishing comeback on the pitch.