I couldn’t help but this pick book up, because Jessica Ennis is one of the reasons I got into running in the first place!
She may be a heptathlete, but it was more her motivation and persistence to do well despite the weight of the world placed upon her from the pressure of the British public for her to win gold medals!
She was very much one of the faces of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and even with all the pressure she still came away with the gold medal!
Her book ‘Unbelievable’ describes her upbringing, her training and how she discovered the sport of heptathlon. In her description of the time leading up to the Olympic Games, you can almost feel the pressure just from reading the book.
On what was arguably one of the greatest days in British olympic history, Jessica Ennis started off the track and field part of ‘Super Saturday’ where she not only won the gold medal, but so did her British compatriots Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford (nine previous to them too)!
I love this book because it describes a lot of Jess’ setbacks and how she overcame them with the help of her long term coach Toni Minichello. Jess is also very honest. It feels like she doesn’t hold anything back whilst telling us the full story of her life.
I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone, not just athletes, if you’d like to read a detailed account of a well respected sportswoman who went from a “rags to riches” so to speak, and as a reader feel inspired at the same time, then grab yourself a copy!
You can pick-up a copy of Unbelievable by Jessica Ennis on Amazon
Last updated on March 2nd, 2021.