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 unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder. His fears, his triumphs and the great affection he feels for the legion of fans he has to this day. His aim is to give others hope and inspiration.
"Ever since I retired, one thing has stood between me and being the man I want to be. My mind.
"In the end it saw me locked up against my will and pumped full of so many drugs I didn't have the strength to stand. When I am in the grip of my bipolar disorder and the drugs are pickling my brain I am unable to stand for days. But I will always get back up. It is the only way I know."
Frank Bruno became World Heavyweight Boxing Champion after winning the WBC title in 1995 at a packed Wembley Stadium. The victory fulfilled a lifetime's ambition and Frank was later awarded an MBE. Frank's boxing career transformed him into a national treasure and he has remained a popular celebrity following his retirement from the sport in 1996. In the past five years he has dedicated much of his time to campaigning to improve the care those suffering from mental ill health receive. A father-of-four, Frank now lives on his on own in Bedfordshire. Nick Owens is a London-based journalist at the Sunday Mirror. He launched the newspaper's award-winning Time To Change campaign, which aims to break down stigma associated with mental health conditions. Frank is an ambassador for the crusade.
Introduction Prelude Chapter One: Bipolar Chapter Two: Fears, Tears . . . and Piers Chapter Three: Locked Up Chapter Four: Free To Go Chapter Five: Running From My Life. Chapter Six: Zombie Chapter Seven: Long Road Back Chapter Eight: Family Affair Chapter Nine: How Jimmy Fixed Me Up Chapter Ten: Fighting For Change Chapter Eleven: Losing Mum Chapter Twelve: Throwing In The Towel Chapter Thirteen: Boxing On The Ropes Chapter Fourteen: National Treasure Chapter Fifteen: Standing Tall Epilogue Special section - Seconds Out Interviews with Piers Morgan, Norman Lamb, Alastair Campbell, Tim Witherspoon and Ricky Hatton