I have released two books.
Sam Priestley was never Mr Sporty. After failed attempts at rowing and running he had all but given up on the possibility of becoming a sportsman. That was until childhood friend, and table tennis coach, Ben Larcombe convinced him to act as the guinea pig in an experiment he had concocted – The Expert in a Year Challenge.
Starting 1st January 2014 novice Sam was immersed in the world of competitive table tennis. He began training every day and over the course of the year notched up hundreds of hours of practice in an attempt to reach a seemingly impossible goal. There was blood, sweat, tears, injuries, frustrations and moments of elation as the pair travelled up and down the UK, and beyond, in their quest for training, mentors and competition. Sam found potential he never thought he had, got better at table tennis than most people thought possible, and discovered what it feels like when 1.5 million people watch you fail. Here is their story, including all the ridiculous training methods and unreachable goals, and the surprising lessons they learnt from playing table tennis every day for a year
- #1 in Racket Sports on the UK Amazon.
- #1 in Sports Science on the UK Amazon.
- #1 in Table Tennis on the USA Amazon.
- 90% 5-star reviews.
- Available in 53 countries in paperback, kindle and audio formats.
Despite being the bestselling book for over a year straight, we never sold that many copies or made that much money. In total the book has earned royalties of not much more than £5,000.
What do you expect from a book about someone trying to get good at table tennis…
You’ve heard of psychopaths. Those twisted beings with no empathy for others, who cannot put themselves in your shoes, who do not care what others feel. Epitomised by the serial killer and the ruthless CEO.
But empathy is a sliding scale. If the psychopath is at one extreme what is at the other? Not someone who kills because they cannot feel another’s pain. But rather someone who constantly kills themselves because they feel the pain of others more than they feel their own.
I am the opposite of a psychopath. I am an empopath.
In this gripping novella, Sam Piper takes us deep into the mind of a personality that is often lauded but rarely understood.
What We Plan For The Future
I am not currently working on a new book. But I would like to work on another novel in the future. Watch this space.