Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict (Paperback)
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Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict (Paperback)

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Published: 15/02/2024
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'An electrifying account of gambling addiction ... compelling' The Times

'Mesmerising, superbly written story of despair, decline and redemption ... should be in the hands of anyone who has eyed a bet' Daily Mail'An extraordinary story ... vital stuff' Adrian Chiles

'Gripping and harrowing ... enough to make any gambling enthusiast think carefully' The Spectator

'I don't think any book has gripped me like Might Bite' Chris Evans

The unputdownable story of a life shattered by a secret gambling addiction – and an uplifting tale of recovery – with a foreword by Marcus Trescothick.

For more than 12 years, Patrick Foster lived a double life. Turning 31, a popular and sociable young teacher and former professional cricketer, he had a lovely girlfriend and a supportive family. But he was hiding a secret and debilitating gambling addiction from even those closest to him.

Huge bets had led to huge debts, thousands of lies, and consequences for his mental health that pushed him to the edge of the platform at Slough station, where he was moments from taking his own life in March 2018.

That month Patrick had turned a £30 bet into £28,000, then lost £50,000 on a single horse, Might Bite, in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, watching the race in a silent classroom as his students undertook a mock exam in front of him. In his desperation, he had taken out every possible loan, and borrowed money from family, friends and even the parents of children he taught. Although his life was unravelling around him, he could not stop.

You might think that this is just one man’s story. But problem gambling affects 1 in 200 people in the UK alone. Hundreds lose their lives annually as a result. The industry is worth more than £14 billion.

Might Bite is a shocking, cautionary tale of just how easy it is to fall victim to the insidious lure of ‘winning big’. And of how recovery is possible from the depths of addiction, no matter how inescapable it seems.

‘As a society, we are only just getting to grips with gambling addiction. Patrick Foster is a trailblazer. His work will help many’ Marcus Trescothick

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781399412438
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Powerful ... electrifying ... compelling … challenges deep-seated class assumptions about gambling ... [which is] still regarded as a problem for poor people, for losers. You only have to read Foster’s unflinching account of entitlement, self-hatred and degradation to know that is the biggest lie of all. - Melanie Reid, The Times

[A] mesmerising, superbly written story of despair, decline and redemption ... Searingly honest ... compelling ... should be in the hands of anyone who has eyed a bet - Daily Mail

I don't think any book has gripped me like Might Bite. - Chris Evans

Gripping and harrowing ... enough to make any gambling enthusiast think carefully. - The Spectator

Reading of Foster's descent is itself compulsive - The i

An extraordinary story … vital stuff - Adrian Chiles, BBC Radio 5 Live

An in-depth testimony ... show[s] how anybody can fall prey to gambling addiction. - Daily Telegraph

A powerful story that I know only too well – a no-holds barred journey through gambling addiction and into the hope of recovery. - Paul Merson

A well-written, ruthlessly honest account of gambling addiction - Jimmy McGovern

As a society, we are only just getting to grips with gambling addiction. Patrick Foster is a trailblazer. His work will help many. - Marcus Trescothick

A shocking insight into life with gambling addiction and proof that these issues really don't discriminate. - Tom Curry, England rugby player

Foster’s compelling account of a once charmed life careering on a downward spiral proves [gambling addiction] can affect anyone. - Bristol Post

A must read journey through gambling addiction and out the other side – ultimately uplifting. - Charlotte Edwards CBE, ex-professional cricketer and England captain

This story will stop you in your tracks. - Sam Billings, England cricketer

Might Bite is beautifully written - Charlie Baker, TalkSport

A powerful read and a hell of a story - Paul Hawksbee, TalkSport

A remarkable piece of work - The Cricketer

You should all read Might Bite...a brutally candid, must-read memoir co-written with Will Macpherson, the Evening Standard cricket correspondent that ought to transcend the world of elite sport. - The Cricketer

A brilliant memoir which exposes the scale of this addiction - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

Astonishing…Might Bite is a harrowing tale of the final moments of a gambler’s descent to near destruction, but it’s a tale that demands to be told. - Racing Post

A must – electrifying confessions of a high-achieving public schoolboy who destroyed himself with a secret betting addiction - Melanie Reid, The Times

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“Remarkable insight into gambling addiction”

This is Patrick Foster's story. He was a promising young cricketer who was playing county cricket at an elite level in his teens. He did well at university and had a good circle of friends. After that he... More

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“An absolute must-read!”

An astonishing and insightful story into the harsh reality of gambling addiction. A must-read for anybody!

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