Enter the enthralling world of Olympian Tom Daley.
He is one of Britain's gleaming hopes for gold at the London 2012 Olympics, but there is also a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a young athlete coping with the death of his father whilst under the glare of the world's media spotlight.
From his day-to-day schedule, to his hobbies and family life, to sharing his hopes and dreams in the build up to the London Olympics, this book offers a unique chance to get close to Tom.
Featuring exclusive photography and published simultaneously as a hardback and enhanced e-book, this will be the ultimate book for the 2012 Olympics.
A typical comment posted on the internet regarding Tom's autobiography -
|Debbie and Robert Daley|
|Plymouth - Devon - England|
|And who 'dresses' Tom now ?|
But of course Burberry is almost certainly supplying him with 'freebies' - and Tom is already talking like an 'A List' celebrity, and not the cute 'boy next door', which is an image that the remainder of the book, and most of Tom's publicity tries to project.
Incidentally, Burberry casual shirts start at £195 - and what 18 year old can afford that - apart from Mr Daley !
|Tom Daley diving|
Tom Daley - Adidas
So why doesn't Tom, in this 'first official memoir', tell us the real reason why he nearly always wears Speedos that appear to be two sizes too small for him - unless he is posing for Adidas, when they are always generously cut - (presumably Adidas are more prudish than Speedo).
(And of course it sems that Tom does well from Adidas by fronting their 'Ice Dive' range of male grooming products - gracing their advertisements with his usual 'outstretched arms' pose, with the obligatory Union Flag, in generously cut - but still very brief - Adidas trunks. I wonder if Tom actually uses the stuff)
This probably indicates that Professional Sports Group has been over estimating Tom's popularity and selling power.
With regard to the Adidas grooming range, they seem not to have realised that the majority of Tom's followers (probably 'gay men' and pubescent teenage girls) do not use such products.
Gay men use 'up market', 'designer' products, while teenage girls do NOT (usually) use male grooming aids !.
This raises the question of just how professional are the Professional Sports Group, and their CEO. Jamie Cunningham ?
Maybe Adidas has wasted a lot of money on their rather 'creaky', self concious video ads - see below.
(actually the Union Flag - a jack is square)
Tom appears to be obsessed with the Union Jack - Union Jack memorabilia clutters his window-sill, he sleeps under a Union Jack duvet, with Union Jack pillows - and of course his Adidas cosmetic range has Union Jacks emblazoned on it, along with the Union Jack cover of his autobiography.
Now there's nothing wrong with patriotism, - even the BNP has hijacked the Union Flag - but it does make you wonder ...
Tom Daley - tiny Speedos
"I've fancied her since The X Factor. She is just so sexy and my type...Our date would definitely be in Plymouth and I would take her for a hot-air balloon ride that ended with a BBQ on the beach in the sunset. It's not very glamorous, but I think she might like a change." - can you believe that ?
|Tom Daley and his Monkee|
While, on meeting him, he is a somewhat disconcertingly pleasant and amenable, he is also strangely androgynous and (some would say) 'fey' - not in his appearance - but in his manner.
And then there's the question of an eighteen year old boy having a 'lucky' monkee !
CEO Professional Sports Group
Tom Daley -
with body hair and muscles
|Young Tom Daley|
a practically naked
the photo shoot for Fabulous Magazine
There is, however, another side to Tom which is rarely shown.
Like all of us, he is not always charming, cute and amenable - there is a darker side to him - and not just the darker side evident in the Fabulous Magazine photo-shoot.
We don't know what brought on the gesture on the left - perhaps it was just a signalled order for 'Fab Lollies' after the competition.
The other, a glance over the shoulder, (see right) is enough to freeze the blood in the veins.
And many reasonably speculate that it is only a matter of time before Tom is required to do a 'Harry Potter' and, like Daniel Radcliffe, pose nude - if the money is right.
|A rare photo of Tom Daley Training|
There are plenty of reference to Tom's predilection for 'junk food', but nothing is said about the vitamins, amino acids and other supplements that are required to maintain his obvious level of fitness.
So in the end Tom's first memoir answers very few of the many of the questions that so many of fans are asking about this 'diving superstar', who is now turning into a 'celebrity', - and many would consider - a 'pin up boy' for the 'gay' community.
Tom Daley's Autobiography
'My Story' Book Launch
and the Abu Dhabi based businessmen
CEO Professional Sports Group
Well - one would suppose he would say that !
advertising for Nestle
|A 'present' for Tom|
But, then, his image-makers are hardly going to turn up the chance to exploit his ever-growing popularity.
2012 London Olympic Games
Coat of Arms
With that the phone was slammed down.
Could it be something to do with the probably simmering row between those pulling the strings of Tom’s business affairs and his worried bosses at Team GB?
|Funeral of Robert Daley|
|Tom Daley and Debbie Daley|
|Tom Daley and Chris Moyles|
|Tom Daley - ITV This Morning|
Tom Daley Photo-Shoot
‘Sexy and we know it ! Woah ! We blinked when Tom Daley just totally grew up. So how’s the Olympian enjoying his new heart-throb status ? He’s lapping it up ?.?.?.’
Tom Daley Photo-Shoot
Advertising for Adidas
I'm Sexy and I Know It'
European Championships in Holland
THE BOY NEXT DOOR
And you would have thought that Robert Daley (Tom's father - who was still alive at the time) would have vetoed such a gift, particularly as Tom was under eighteen - after all, there are those rumours.
|Tom Daley and Anthony Ogogo !|
|Anthony Ogogo - Gold Speedos|