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Unguarded: My Autobiography

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Jonathan Trott was England's rock during one of the most successful periods in the team's history - he scored a century on debut to clinch the Ashes in 2009, and cemented his position as their pivotal batsman up to and beyond the team's ascendancy to the number 1 ranked test team in 2011. Yet shortly after reaching those heights, he started to crumble, and famously left th

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 29th 2016 by Sphere
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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While some autobiographies constitute an exercise in monotonous trumpeting of the self, there are some that traverse the path of introspection. However rare are the ones that lend a clear perspective regarding life itself. Jonathan Trott and George Dobell have successfully written a book, which, although primarily revolves around the game of cricket, transcends the sporting arena, to touch a raw and uncompromising nerve. The confluence of sport and mental pressure is a subject that has unfortuna ...more
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the inside story to JT’s experiences as being out of the country at the time, I had little insight into what had occurred. I’m glad I have his side of the story and now a much better appreciation of a) his personality and b) his cricketing journey.

It’s just a personal view but I couldn’t see the sense or logic in disrupting the linear - I felt too often asking myself ‘where are we now?’ Also, the book has contributions from several others, to the extent that I started to lose the abili
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2017
Had finished reading the book few weeks back, so it will be tough to recollect all the intricacies here. Was impressed most by a) Trott's non-linear approach of story telling and, b) his shrugging off all the vanity in talking about the period when he was his most vulnerable (self). (Tour to Australia - Ashes Series 2013). Trott really takes the batting stance unguarded as he dedicates a major portion of the book to this phase rather than his glory days in an honest and heartfelt narration.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"The game spares no one." Anxiety of performance, of putting pressure on yourself to perform, of not wanting to let the people closest to you down. That little voice in your head that eats away at you. As honest a memoir you'll ever read. When Jonathan Trott went home early from the 2013-14 Australian Ashes tour, the public damnation of him was brutal. Anyone of you who criticised him leaving the tour early, who questioned his courage and commitment to his team mates, please taken the time to re ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book really. Trott writes simply and candidly about the psychology of becoming a world class sportsman. Using the testimony of his fellow players, coaches and family to illustrate his story works well. He's no Stephen Fry but there are moments of deadpan humour amongst the anxiety. You bear!
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