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Ng 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 2004 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 2006–2007 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. In so many ways this is such a courageous and honest account of an illness that is still even now so difficult to admit to having suffered Marcus Trescothick was a brilliant dashing opening batsman part of the legendary 2005 England Ashes team He rode the crest of a hugely successful sporting wave and then mental illness struck And for the most part this book is a candid and sensitive account of that illness and how difficult it was for a sportsman in his position to acknowledge it But acknowledge it he does And then he or Peter Hayter his ghost writer goes and spoils it all by uttering such a crassness as in any case they his England team mates must ve been pretty uncertain as to the prescribed form of mickey taking for someone who had spent the last three months barking at the moon Barking at the moon Trescothick had what he himself describes as a physical illness one he found almost impossible to come to terms with in no small part due to the stigma that such mickey taking creates It s simply not funny It s laddish and boorish and all the things that made it so hard for him a professional sportsman to deal with it in the first place The bants the jokes the fooling around Trescothick wants his cake and wants to eat it Charlie Williams once used to tell racist jokes Against himself That would be utterly unacceptable now And so should this especially from someone who should know better But then again the bants is so much a part of all male sporting culture that it s easy to see why Trescothick might both want to dish it out as well as take it That s not to excuse any of it Far from it For as the author hints elsewhere that is part of the problem The pressure the taunts names and shame that s conseuently associated with any perceived deviation from the toxic male norm the herd mentality the line of least resistance that inevitably leads to laughing at things you might not find funny because it s bants isn t it Harmless bants Well it s not harmless and it s still a long slow process getting young men who are let s remember statistically most vulnerable to suicide to resist such laddish behaviour And I m afraid examples like this from a man who should know so much better don t help

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Coming back to me The Autobiography

In this true 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 frailties opens the way to a better understanding of the uniue pressures experienced by modern day professional sportsmen At 29 Marcus Trescothick was widely regarded as one of the batting greats With than 5000 Test runs to his name and a 2005 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 reasons no one but a handful of close f. 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 he felt that the best way to deal with his demons was to get them out up front for the reader so heshe would know what they were in for And it works splendidlyAfter painfully outlining his problems he returns to his roots and tells of his upbringing and how he became the cricketer that he turned out to be And he was no ordinary player his talent soon shone through and he was recognised as England potentialHis performances were such that he played for his country as a junior before being elevated to the senior ranks and eventually captaining his country in two Test Matches He married had a daughter he now has two and went touring with the England team It was while he was away that he realised he could not continue this life style even though as he acknowledges he was at the top of his profession and earning very good money In a harrowing tale he tells how his demons surfaced and how he and his family dealt with them And he willingly acknowledges the part his wife in particular and his family helped him overcome themHe continued to play county cricket and to score runs mercilessly and he returned to the England set up But after being a member of the hugely successful 2005 Ashes winning side his demons surfaced once again and he was back to suare one And once again his family pulled him throughThe book is not only a sporting autobiography but a shining example of how to fight and manage I deliberately hesitate to use the verb overcome as I know to my own cost this depressive illness and as such it is a compelling readNot surprisingly Coming back to me won the William Hill Sports Book Award for 2008 but I stress it is much than a sports book

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Riends and colleagues could have foreseen On Saturday February 25 2006 four days before leading England into the first Test against India in place of the injured captain Vaughan Trescothick was out for 32 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 stunned media his acti. Entertaining in some parts moving in other parts interesting in all parts


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

  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 sitting still being uiet and getting on with it But honestly if you're not a Cricket fan o

  3. says:

    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 des

  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 how mental illness was seen 12 years ago long before TV campaigns about itThe early stuff is standard sports autobiogr

  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 admit to having suffered Marcus Trescothick was a brilliant dashing opening batsman part of the legendary 2005 England Ashes team He rode the crest of a hugely successful sporting wave and then mental illness struck And for the most part this book is a candid and sensitive account of that illness a

  8. says:

    No matter how assiduous the human efforts events inevitably take their own course Be it over the course of an i

  9. says:

    I purposefully avoid rating a book where the focus is on the author's personal battle with depression in professional spo

  10. says:

    Its a pretty good book I found myself getting frustrating reading it every time Trescothick had another bout of depression which stopped him being able to play or travel you just think 'come on just play' so god knows what it must have been like for him Its really interesting to consider the boundaries of stressmental health how much we can cope with it through pushing ourselves and tough love the dangers of telling o

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