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Easons no one but a handful of close friends and colleagues could have foreseen On Saturday Februaryfour days before leading England into the first Test against India in place of the injured captain Vaughan Trescothick was out for in the second innings of the final warm up match As he walked from the field he fought to calm the emotional storm that was raging inside him at least to hide it from prying eyes In the dressing room he broke down in tears overwhelmed by a blur of anguish uncertainty and sadness he had been keeping at bay for longer than he knew Within hours England's best batsman was on the next flight home His departure was kept secret until after close of play when coach Duncan Fletcher told the st. I can vaguely remember this being considered a good book on its release but that was well before I read so much and so was never really on my radar nor is it still considered a must read really As much as anything it reveals how mental illness was seen 12 years ago long before TV campaigns about itThe early stuff is standard sports autobiography fare child very good at sport does much better than his peers and when playing for his county and his country the anecdotes get better I still found it difficult to read his personality settled fairly young but also one of the senior banter merchants of the side yet rarely coming across as that laddish Perhaps the theme of the book doesn t lend itself to japes but to be honest I didn t find out what interested him beyond his family and batting euipment which was a slight shame in such a personal bookHis depression takes up a significant part of the book and he and his ghostwriter do seem to convey how it felt to him in a way that other writers haven t managed to the same extent It s difficult to know whether some of the underlying reasons were a touch speculative such as strong characters suffering because weaker ones let problems go or whether they were attempts by psychiatrists to boost his self esteem Although some of the forensic details of press days could get a bit wearing I do admit that the smaller details allowed the reader to get a much less vague idea of how his mind was affected which I appreciated It s also amazing what tricks reporters get up to even when you know in the abstract tabloid hacks are a joke the specifics are disgracefulPerhaps the attitude to mental illness has changed a touch since 2008 as I doubt a book solely on depression would have been commissioned back then whereas now I could imagine the cricket being sidelined But there is still a sense of public support and private admonishment that has stayed until today although now depression seems to be considered in its own right whereas Trescothick s seems to have a concrete causeI did find some of the insight into training interesting too and Vaughan comes out of this especially well which surprised me as I find him really annoying but it seems as a captain he was uite a dynamic character and Fletcher also gave something new to the side But on the field it became abstract or lists of scores the behind the scenes angle was much revealing both of his illness and his teammates

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Coming back to me The Autobiography

Unned media his acting captain had uit the tour for personal family reasons Until now the full extraordinary story of what happened that day and why of what preceded his breakdown has never been told He reveals for the first time that he almost flew home from the tour to South Africa what caused it  and what followed his comeback to the England side and a second crushing breakdown nine months later that left him unable to continue the – Ashes tour down under 'Coming Back to Me' will replace the myths and rumors with the truth as Trescothick talks with engaging openness and enthusiasm about his rise to the top of international cricket and describes with eual frankness his tortured descent into private despair. No matter how assiduous the human efforts events inevitably take their own course Be it over the course of an innings a match an entire career or life in general Marcus Trescothick s autobiography is a gripping read as it charts out his rise through the ranks before diving deep into his stress related illness something which still carries a bit of stigma for the man on the street In a strange co incidence of events my departing manager chanced upon a copy of this book in their locker and just a week later Trescothick drew a line under his first class career This latest development was announced while I was watching India trump West Indies in a league stage ODI at Old Trafford It all seemed to add up it was time to hear his storyThe southpaw seemed ear marked for greatness very early in his career A prolific opening batsman who would eat breathe and sleep cricket one couldn t help rejoice in his success in the early 2000s Although Nasser Hussain and his cronies from the 90s suad carried a reputation things were on the upswing as the new guard began settling in Trescothick s chronicles of his initial days in the senior team his experiences struggles triumphs leading to the 2005 Ashes allow the devout Test match follower to relive the days He doesn t conceal his disappointment at being overlooked for the England top job in favour of Michael Vaughan who seemed to have hit a rich vein of form at the right time The epoch making 2005 Ashes triumph which lead to the return of the urn and flagged off a new era in English cricket is described in riveting detail and appropriately soFor someone who had hitherto enjoyed a linear career path the confidence of the team management held his own against varied opposition and had 60 Tests under his belt by the time he hit 30 years the best years were arguably ahead of him That is when disaster struckIssues that had been festering for a while but been persistently ignored trivialised or in other ways brushed under the carpet seemed to have snowballed when he was least prepared While traditional wisdom would recommend toughening up his is a strong case for giving mental health due consideration Following certain triggers brought upon by inadvertent developments in his personal life while in unfamiliar environments and in the absence of regular coping mechanisms Trescothick is caught off guard The copious detail around the depth of his internal strife in the midst of the unavoidable dirt grime socio economic divide during tours of India Pakistan forced even myself to temporarily view the sub continent my native home as a alien territory that challenges sanity This is not an uncommon theme with native Brits who have yet to widen their perspective Andrew Flintoff for instance had attempted glorifying his suad in the image of patriotic armed forces out to serve the country before embarking on a tour of alcohol free Pakistan It was even disappointing to find young English journalists on a respected portal such as ESPN Cricinfo promote his views The apple cart is bound to be upset once they break out of their sheltered existence And Trescothick was caught napping in the corridor of uncertainty Anxiety depression are rampant than meets the eye and are yet to be completely decoded by the experts that be But Trescothick s frank account of his struggles will definitely go some way The ball by ball account of the downward spiral and the vicious circle of depression despair and frustration is brought out with its poignancy intact Trescothick barely avoids slipping irrevocably into uick sand It takes a brave soul to open up about his battles even if it maybe for commercial gain No spoilers will be reproduced here best obtained from the horse s mouthIt is also notable that Trescothick was the beneficiary of significant support from the retinue of psychologists mentors therapists well wishers many of which are well beyond the reach of others in his shoes He does express his gratitude even if the full appreciation of the privileges might not be brought out in entirety On the balance a fantastic account No surprises it was a prize winner

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In this true to me PDFEPUB #235 life sporting memoir of one of the best batsman in the game who stunned the cricket world when he prematurely ended his own England career Trescothick’s brave and soul baring account of his mental Coming back PDF frailties opens the way to a better understanding of the uniue pressures experienced by modern day professional sportsmen At Marcus Trescothick was widely regarded as one of the batting greats With than Test runs to back to me PDF #10003 his name and a Ashes hero some were predicting this gentle West Country cricket nut might even surpass Graham Gooch's record to become England's highest ever Test run scorer But the next time Trescothick hit the headlines it was for r. The second half which concentrates on his depression is much interesting than the first which tends to fall into the trap of many sports biogs we started the day on 280 4 Pakistan set us a tough target etcBut his candid description of his descent into his own personal hell and the way he attempts to deal with it are fascinating More high profile people in sports and in other fields would do well to help publicise awareness of depression in such a way

10 thoughts on “Coming back to me The Autobiography

  1. says:

    This is much than another sports book Marcus Trescothick is not one of those here today and gone tomorrow cricketers who have to get their story out after they have been in the game for a very short time He is an honest to goodness chap who wanted to tell his life story which entailed a major breakdown that ultimately spelt the end of his international cricketing careerHe begins at the end Surprised? No need to be for h

  2. says:

    Marcus Trescothick was one of the truly great English Batsmen until his depression was severely triggered and he realised that touring overseas was an impossibility Very candid and very open from a wonderful player and great man Not uite your average sports autobiography as his words on mental health are very welcome in this day and age of s

  3. says:

    The second half which concentrates on his depression is much interesting than the first which tends to fall into the trap o

  4. says:

    Much than a sporting autobiography a painful look at Marc's descent into mental illness and his struggle to contain the demons

  5. says:

    Entertaining in some parts moving in other parts interesting in all parts

  6. says:

    I can vaguely remember this being considered a good book on its release but that was well before I read so much and so was never really on my radar nor is it still considered a must read really As much as anything it reveals

  7. says:

    In so many ways this is such a courageous and honest account of an illness that is still even now so difficult to

  8. says:

    No matter how assiduous the human efforts events inevitably take their own course Be it over the course of an innings a match an entire career or life in general Marcus Trescothick's autobiography is a gripping read as it c

  9. says:

    I purposefully avoid rating a book where the focus is on the author's personal battle with depression in professional sportApart from the chapters on his dark days and family census the rest of the book is an average read for people who have

  10. says:

    Its a pretty good book I found myself getting frustrating reading it every time Trescothick had another bout of depression