Ebury has acquired the autobiography of rugby player Ben Cohen, to be published ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Cohen is the second-highest try scorer in England rugby history and was part of the 2003 World Cup-winning team in Sydney.
The autobiography is described as “compelling and deeply personal”. In the book Cohen will describe for the first time in full how he coped following the death of his father, who was viciously beaten in the nightclub where he worked when Cohen was just 20. Cohen was in the middle of an England press conference when Clive Woodward told him of his father’s death.
Ebury said the book “is an inspirational story of passion and pain; of the highs of achieving your goals, and the grief of losing someone you can never get back”.
Publishing deputy Publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights direct from Cohen.
Goodfellow said: “Ben’s story is a heartbreaking tale of an ordinary family ripped apart by a sudden brutal act and how Ben used this unbearable loss as motivation to become what he and his father had always wanted – the best in the world. It goes without saying that this is a book about so much more than sport and Ben has had to delve back into some very dark times to tell that story. We are very proud to have it on the Ebury list.”
Ebury will publish in hardback on 10th September.