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Let Me Be Frank

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Let Me Be Frank is the new book from one of the world's sporting greats. A deeply personal story, Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank's story offers his own ...more
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let Me Be Frank is the new book by Frank Bruno one of the England's sporting greats and certainly one of the most most loved personalities. A deeply personal story where Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. Frank gives an insight into his life living with his bipolar disorder.
This is a book that should be an inspiration to any reader but especially a
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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I was aware that over the years that Frank Bruno had suffered with mental issues, but not to the extent which he talks about in this book. The guy has really been through hell with his illness and a lot of it seemed to stem from retiring from the sport which was his life and being unable to let it go. I’m glad he seems to have gotten the better of his bipolar and has accepted that it will never be completely gone. The book is an honest account of what he’s been through, warts and all. 3.5*
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. Frank talks about his journey battling mental illness over the last few years and in particular his struggles with life and maintaining relationships with those around him. Although the book is ghost written, the narrative comes across as you would expect Frank to tell it directly. The book clearly describes the pain and anguish Frank has been through in trying to combat his demons. There is quite a bit of repletion in the book, particularly of Frank ...more
Mark Williams
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book, I have never had a lump in my throat after finishing a book, this was a first. Frank Bruno is being so honest it sometimes hurts. Even if you are not a fan of boxing, which I am not, you can’t help feeling the pain and admire the courage of what he went through. Many of us will not understand what mental health problems feels like or so we think. I suffer from very mild symptoms of anxiety and have learned to cope with this with various techniques and a brilliant wife. But ...more
Mary Geraghty
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a gentleman.

I could feel the pain in Franks writing. It is so sad that in 2017 we seem no nearer to understanding mental health. What a great end though. Beautifully written. Stay strong. Enjoy your life. You so deserve it. 💟
Trevor Hanson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A extremely personal account of how a mental illness has affected such a national icon and his determination to fight this illness but most importantly to highlight mental illness issues and the lack of understanding by non sufferers. Frank is an ambassador for the cause, challenging the government and organisation to change the way in which they view and deal with the whole issues of treatments and most importantly the facilities available in the community to help people suffering as well as th ...more
jean sargent
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting reading I hope anyone reading this book that has had a mental illness can get inspiration from it to flight on and not give up hope. There’s help out there but as Frank said in the book everyone is different and we all can fight in different ways.
Lynda Matin
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent read

Very deep, every page was heart wrenching. Frank you are a legend
Well done for been so honest, if this books help just one person it will be worth it, but I’m sure it will help loads
Karen Scott
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a real eye opener, I had no idea he had been sectioned so many times. I’m pleased he is on the road to recovery and managing his illness.
glyn jones
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
amazing guy and interesting topic as my partner has had similar problems..well worth a look
Rachel Shepley
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found this book quite emotional to read at times but very inspiring
Grant S
Frank Bruno's story of his battle with bi-polar disorder and life after boxing.
I can't call it an 'enjoyable' book, the subject matter mental illness and Frank's attempt's to get better are quite harrowing, but it's a life story that gripped me.
Ultimately it's uplifting, and Frank comes over like his on screen persona as a nice guy that you can't help rooting for and wishing well.
A decent read that throws a light on a very dark subject.
G.J. Griffiths
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading this book I had no idea what to expect since I could recall mostly being disappointed at the negative publicity Frank Bruno received during the days when he fell from grace, and admittedly, feeling very little sympathy for this ‘National Treasure’ who seemed to have the world at his feet but apparently blew it. However, after reading just a few pages of his honest revelations and quite upsetting treatment, both during his bipolar bouts and when being sectioned, I very quickl ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly emotional and powerful - from the highest highs to the lowest lows - this pulls no punches
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review this book by Nudge books.

My recollections of Frank was in dreadful game shows late 70s and early 80s and all I could remember was the laugh - was this really what this sports personality was all about - so I was pleased to read this book.

Mental health has been given permission by the Royals and other famous people and Frank is extremely Frank about his mental illness which affected his career and loved ones. This is a so personal account of someone who suffers from bipolar
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you want the true facts of what happened to our frank then you need to read this book. It will make you laugh & especially make you cry..It's a very emotional journey from one of our national treasures who will never be forgotten
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good, in depth read into the other side of Frank's life. I just felt the end dragged a bit, but otherwise excellent. 4.5 / 5
Aidan Reid
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. Few interesting insights about Jimmy Savile and Bruno's sectioning. Will check out his first autobiog for the boxing references.
Lorraine Hall
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional hard to read but so resonated with all of the symptoms and impacts on those who live with mental illness, their family members and the lack of support all round.
Alan Jackson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very brave too outline the mental health issues, bipolar, sectioning and the struggle to become well
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