Sophie Cook

Not today : How I chose life

Not Today – The Book

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I was ready to die but then I said ‘Not today’.

Having spent a lifetime hating myself and struggling with PTSD, my gender identity, self harm and suicide I was at breaking point when I transitioned in 2015. Since then I have worked in Premier League football, hosted my own TV show and run for Parliament.

Over the past three years I have spoken to thousands of people through my speeches and standup show based around the stories and ideas in this book, this has had a very real impact on people’s lives and has helped them to be open about their mental health issues. In this book I am able to explore many of those concepts in greater detail and I believe that this will help a great many people.

Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender.
Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography.
She became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015.
Europe’s first trans TV newscaster, Sophie has hosted her own TV and radio chat shows and is an experienced broadcaster.
In April 2017 she was selected by the Labour Party to contest the East Worthing & Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first trans MP.

’Not Today: How I chose life’ charts Sophie’s personal journey from despair to redemption and acts as a self help book for anyone struggling with their mental health and identity.

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The Feedback

  • “Your bravery in talking about mental health and self harm is inspiring – and everyone I spoke to afterwards was equally moved by the honesty and rawness of the experiences you portrayed. If anyone hasn’t had a chance to hear Sophie speak – please make sure you do!”
    Claire Devaney, Bournemouth University
  • “Sophie captivated the audience right from the start with her passionate, funny & often emotional talk. Sophie spoke honestly about her personal battle with mental health & her inspirational story of coming out as a trans woman. Thank you, Sophie, for demonstrating the value of respect.”
    Philippa Thompson, Chief Executive, Sussex Oakleaf
  • “Watching you speak changed me as a person. Anyone who hasn’t seen you speak won’t have the benefit of that experience but I wanted you to know that I changed last week, thanks to you!”
    Angela Melia, Head of HR, Stewarts Law
  • “Sophie is a passionate, articulate, witty speaker on mental health & wellbeing. She is confident, forthright & knowledgeable. She brings a mix of her personal history alongside an admirable political awareness to inform, spark debate & raise awareness.”
    Helen Jones, CEO, MindOut
  • “Sophie Cook is an inspiration. As a speaker she has the ability of telling her story openly, honestly and with a balance of grace and humour. Sophie talks candidly about her ongoing battles with mental health and feelings of suicide. Sophie’s story is a human story and one that should be heard.”
    Daniel Cheesman, CEO, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard
  • “Your honest & articulate contribution brought to life the personal impact of not feeling welcome or accepted whatever your role in sport, & how much difference vocal support & an open culture can make to being yourself.”
    Ruth Hunt, CEO, Stonewall
  • “All of the police officers & support staff who heard Sophie were in absolute awe of her brave journey through life. It is stories from inspirational speakers like Sophie that stay with you forever. Sophie on behalf of Surrey Police you’re inspirational, thank you!”
    Clinton Blackburn, Supt Ops, Co-Chair of Surrey Police LGBT Staff Support Network
  • “Sophie Cook is playing, I think, a fabulous role in driving a diversity and inclusion message using the power of football and its attraction into an audience that maybe wouldn’t be receptive to those messages – and that’s an area we’ve been very happy to help with.”
    Nathan Homer, Barclays Global Sponsorship Group
  • “Brilliant isn’t a word I use very often but what you did and said was just that. A truly memorable presentation that was enthralling and your journey is just incredible. I have listened to many motivational speakers but your engaging and passionate style was captivating, entertaining and unique.”
    David Hurley, future focus