Longest Day, TheCalman, Matt
The 'longest day' is the name of the 243 kilometre one day event of New Zealand's Coast-to-Coast Multisport World Championships, but also an apt description of how journalist Matt Calman was experiencing his life. No longer choosing to use alcohol as a crutch, he was battling anxiety and depression. The Coast-to-Coast race became his goal for recovery and in this easy-to-read memoir he details just how gruelling the training is and the challenges of the event itself.
Open and honest, this story of hitting rock bottom and then reaching for the top, step by step with the support of friends and whanau, is a constructive and hopeful addition to understanding men’s mental health issues. [Larger font]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"Well written. It's easy to read and brutally honest."
"Matt has a warm, intimate way with his words."
"Good writing. Descriptive and educational for those who have little knowledge about the three disciplines required to compete in the Coast to Coast."
"The story moves at a good pace and doesn't get bogged down in the minutiae of ultra-sport."
"I appreciated Matt's openness and ability to describe his struggles with alcohol and his nervous breakdown."
"The story is often entertaining and an easy read with a good writing style."
"Matt's tale is very pertinent to this era of increasing awareness of mental health issues and the need for people, especially men, to seek help."
"Overall, it's a story of love and support for and belief in Matt by his friends and family."