|Imagine having spent three and a
half years in prison after being responsible for the biggest
financial scandal of the century, being divorced by your wife
and then, to cap it all, being diagnosed with cancer.
In 1995, Nick Leeson's unchecked risk-taking caused the sensational
collapse of Barings Bank. Sentenced to a six-and-a-half-year jail
sentence in a gang-ridden Singaporean jail, in conditions that defy
belief, while in prison his wife left him and he was diagnosed with
colon cancer. His stress levels were immeasurable yet, against all
odds, he survived. He recovered from the cancer that almost killed
him, determined to begin a new life.
Back From the Brink not only tells Leeson's
complete personal story – in-depth conversations
with top psychologist Ivan Tyrrell show how the
continual levels of high stress that affected Nick's
mental and physical health can be related to us
• Living with relationship and family
• Struggling with debt
• Striving to achieve status and success
• Coping with serious illness
These pressures are common to many of us yet Leeson's approaches
to his experiences post Rogue Trader reveal inspirational methods
of combating stress. The book also enables readers to check their
own stress levels by working through easy-to-use charts and questions.
Combined with Tyrrell's clear, professional analysis and coping strategies,
Back From the Brink: Coping With Stress is a practical yet inspirational
book. This amazing story of recovery is an object lesson that has
real applications in the stressful climate of the modern world.
'My experiences may be unusual, but they offer
real insight into how stress can get out of hand
and affect all of us. This book will help people
who feel overwhelmed by life's difficulties.'
The format of the book comprises an autobiographical
piece in each chapter from Nick, a conversational
piece between Nick and Ivan and then a series of
self-help techniques and a series of questions
and charts to work through.