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Marcus Trescothick
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1 Sep 2008

A 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 unique pressures experienced by modern-day professional sportsmen.

At 29, Marcus Trescothick was widely regarded as one of the batting greats. With more than 5,000 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 friends and colleagues could have foreseen.

On Saturday 25 February 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 acting captain had quit 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 – of what caused it and of what followed – his comeback to the England side and a second crushing breakdown nine months later that left him unable to continue the 2006-07 Ashes tour down under.

Coming Back to Me replaces the myths and rumours with the truth as Trescothick talks with engaging openness and enthusiasm about his rise to the top of international cricket; and describes with equal frankness his tortured descent into private despair.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport; 1st edition edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007285809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007285808
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The finest [sports book] of them all.' Sunday Express

'sad but utterly compelling' Observer

'A moving document…makes for fascinating reading.' Independent

'grim but compelling reading' Independent on Sunday

'an honest and humbling read' Glasgow Herald

'One of the most important publications of the year…For a top-flight sportsman to write so candidly about his battle with depression took exceptional courage.' Sunday Telegraph

'This year's winner of the WIlliam Hill Sports Book of the Year prize is, in many ways, an unusual account. For a start, it's actually good, which is a rarity for a current sporting autobiography.' Daily Telegraph

'Gripping throughout' , 'A frank, open-hearted account of a still-taboo subject.' Five star review in Spin Magazine

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Gripping throughout...A frank, open-hearted account of a still-taboo subject.

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Marcus Trescothick has written a truly amazing book here. Unlike many sports biographies which are stodgy and difficult, "Coming Back to Me" reads easily, almost like a gripping novel. The writing style draws you into a very personal dialog with the writer and before long you almost feel as if you are in conversation with him.

The subject matter too is very enlightening. First of all, there is the history of his cricketing career, which doesn't get bogged down in a dreary list of scores and averages, but bounces along bringing the excitement of the game to life. The mainstay of the book however, is Marcus' struggle with the depressive illness which has had such a major impact on his life and career.

Descriptions of anxiety attacks and those all engulfing black periods that many depressives suffer are described so lucidly that you could be forgiven for believing him to be a professional in that field as well. His descriptions of all aspects of his condition are extremely thought provoking, and served with far more clarity than those from many experts.

The book also throws more light on the appalling behaviour of some areas of the media who did so much to destroy a genuine sporting hero.

Prior to reading this book, I considered Spike Milligan and Anthony Clare's "Depression and how to survive it" as the foremost in it's field. Now I would put "Coming Back to Me" alongside, if not above it.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic! 1 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
My heart goes out to Marcus and his family. He has been to hell and back over the last few years and I really hope that he's over the worst now and can make a full recovery. His honesty comes through in the book as does the loyalty displayed by his wife and family. As a result of reading this book, I will never again dismiss depression as a disease which only weak people suffer from - it can happen to all of us.

I've also learned that the life of a cricketer, travelling the world etc is not the glamour life we tend to think it is.

Once again Marcus, I wish you well and hope you make a complete recovery.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any sports biog I've ever read 15 Sep 2008
By Scottish Footie VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I've never read a book from a sportsman that actually tells the truth about how hard it can be to be in the spotlight. As well as what happens when you can't handle the pressure. He's brave enough to be able to admit to this, which is something I've never seen before. A great read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, and not just for cricket fans... 16 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
As great a cricket fan as I am, I'm not normally one for ghosted biographies. Somehow they seem to lack the passion of those written by the players themselves.

This, however, was very much the exception to that rule. It made absolutely fascinating reading, and whilst gripping, was utterly tragic.

It was incredibly informative for a sporting biography, and gave me a much better understanding of mental illness, what causes it, how it manifests itself and most interestingly the types of personality most likely to suffer from it.

I was so absorbed that I quite literally could not put it down, and my heart goes out to Markus and anyone else affected by such a terrible illness. I hope he goes on to make a full recovery, and full marks to him for having the courage to tell his story with such candour.

Hopefully this will promote greater understanding and encourage other sufferers to seek help - as someone so astutely says on the back cover, if he has this in his life, then so must other top-flight sportspeople, and they're hiding it.

This is a must-read, and not just for fans of a wonderful game that will miss one of the finest exponents it has seen this century.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cricketing hero bares his soul 16 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have just finished reading this excellent autobiography. As a lifelong Somerset and England fan I really enjoyed reliving lots of the cricketing memories with Marcus, but it was his account of the ups and downs of his cricketing life and in particular his battle will depressive illness which will leave a lasting impression.

His detailed accounts of his low points were painful to read and his insights into how his views of depression and burnout changed when he experienced them himself were fascinating. The main message I want to give is that Marcus was always a hero of mine with bat in hand, but now he's a true hero as he has hopefully opened up the eyes of hundreds and thousands of readers about the realities of depressive illness and that it doesn't just affect wimps ... it can strike anyone no matter how big and tough they may be.

The writing style was incredibly easy to read and the book was really gripping in places. It's also bang up to date including Marcus's views of the next chapter of English cricket with Kevin Pietersen at the helm.

Well done Marcus and very best wishes for your continued recovery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great encouragement 20 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastic book and a massive thank you to Marcus for having the courage to bring this awful illness into the mainstream. As someone who loves cricket and who has also spent a successful career fighting off recurrent bouts of depression, I was hooked by both subjects. Brilliant read!!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb 4 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is an absolutely incredible, insightful and engaging book. As somebody who has struggled with anxiety and depression recently, this book has been the focus point that has changed my way of thinking about my illness around. It is an extremely good read, which I recommend for anybody suffering with mental illness at the moment. As for the cricket, it is engaging without being tied down in numbers. A really great read. And to Marcus - I really hope everything gets sorted, and thank you for helping me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but could be better.
Read this as it had won the William Hill Sports Book award. My main complaint is I would have liked more in depth coverage of the 2005 Ashes victory, what happened in the dressing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dibbsy
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Cricketer
Whilst very brave for publicising his psychological difficulties this doesn't really make up for the fact that Trescothick is a champion batsman but a mediocre auhor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Marcus
This book is a must for any Test Match Cricket fan. Marcus is bearing is soul to explain the torture he and his family went through when battling his illness. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandra Nagle
5.0 out of 5 stars great cricketer
Amazing story to read it is hard to understand why or how Marcus went trough what he did,great story,respect to Marcus
Published 5 months ago by mr c g whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars The autobiography of Marcus Trescothick
Brilliant book for lovers of cricket and people who have experienced depression. The beauty of the book is how depression and especially stress related depression has a forceful... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. John Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet revolutionary
As a sport autobiography this is a mostly unremarkable book. It's the story of a small-town boy who through hard work, perseverance and an unusual helping of talent became between... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and worth it
This book was absorbing, it kept me up until past 1am for a couple of nights until it was finished
It is not to be missed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The autobiography of Marcus trescothick
Awesome insight into life of a top level sportsman the stresses and demands put on professionals at the top of their game. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J S Molyneux
4.0 out of 5 stars Marcus Trescothick
My son was experiencing signs of depression and saw Marcus interviewed about this book. I bought it for him and he has found so much advice in it that has helped him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by W. E. Nicholas-Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcus discusses all
Marcus Trescothick, one of England's finest opening batsmen really opening up and discussing all. A brave man to make so much of his private life public. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Paul David Griffiths
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