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Keeping Quiet: Paul Nixon The Autobiography

Keeping Quiet: Paul Nixon The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Jon Colman , Paul Nixon
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Book of the Month September 2012 - 'Written in uniquely pacey and conversational style, as you move through this volume (and you will do, quickly) it s Nixon s voice you hear: positive, to-the-point, impassioned; whether justifying his on-field verbals, recalling playing successes or describing his mental state during certain periods of his career (or, sometimes, simply at the time of writing). A book befitting the man; whilst an abrasive competitor and occasionally eccentric character, Nixon will ultimately be remembered as Waugh describes him: A bloody good cricketer and a great bloke.' --All Out Cricket Magazine

'Entertaining, funny, unique and full of banter, this book is a must read' --The Middle Stump Blog

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From Gower to Flintoff, Waugh to Vaughan, Cronje to Pietersen, Paul Nixon has shared a dressing room with some of the most evocative names in international and domestic cricket - and often enraged them on the field of play. The wicketkeeper, known as his sport's most prolific 'sledger', has amassed more than 20 years of stories from his career at the heart of the game and now reveals them in typically outspoken style. From 'Fredalo' to match-fixing, Nixon has experienced some of the most notorious episodes in cricket history, possesses strident opinions on the game and has a track record of success in the English first-class game and the Twenty20 revolution. With an accent on off-the-field anecdotes, Nixon also lays bare the personality that led the Australian legend Steve Waugh to compare him to: 'a mosquito buzzing around in the night, that needs to be swatted by always escapes.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2543 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (29 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all sports fans 7 July 2012
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As anyone with the fortune and privilege to witness "Nico" in action will confirm, there is a certain irony in the title.

Whenever he took to the field, before his playing career ended in 2011, he could never be described as a shy and retiring type. Indeed, he was one of the most vociferous English players of the modern era, perhaps of any era.

For one of the all-time cricket legends to pen a foreword to the book would be regarded as a great honour. The fact that TWO - Steve Waugh and Sir Vivian Richards - have chosen to do so is an indication of the respect with which Nixon is held throughout the world game.

Both of those giants recognised, from an early stage in their careers, the importance of mental fortitude at the highest levels and used this knowledge as a springboard for their achievements.

As Nixon acknowledges (and relates in some detail), he took somewhat longer to come to terms with such demands. However, once doing so, he was successful in prolonging his career well beyond the standard retirement age, and even earning international recognition at the age of 35. The pride he took in receiving his first England cap, on the troubled but ultimately triumphant 2006-07 tour of Australia, is particularly evident here.

Nixon was renowned as a cricketer with passion, commitment and honesty. It is a delight to report that this book bears the same positive traits.

Throughout his career, he played hard and by his own admission, partied even harder.

This led to many adventures, many of which may have seemed amusing at the time (and perhaps even more so in hindsight), but also others which were downright scary and led him to reflect on his good fortune.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Quiet 6 July 2012
Keeping Quiet is the new autobiography by Paul Nixon, with Jon Colman and published by The History Press. Quite frankly, I couldn't put it down! It is a brutally honest and frank account starting with family tragedy, Nico's battle to overcome dyslexia and the way he overcame his demons, and the negativity and doubts that affect all sportsmen. It shows the rise of a man from growing up on a Cumbrian farm to playing cricket for England.

Although Nico is as mad as a badger, as his nickname suggests, he is a warm person and nothing was further from the truth when he was the first cricketer to do a Q and A with us here at The Middle Stump [...], when we were starting out. No thoughts of thinking it was beneath him, and that is just a small part of the man's generosity. This shines through in the book, and you get the feeling right through that Nico is a good guy.

With forewords by greats such as Sir Vivian Richards and Steve Waugh, this book is bound to be a major seller and covers banter, sledging and describes how he even upset Graham Gooch one day with his chat. Waugh himself described Nixon as, " A mosquito buzzing around in the night, that needs to be swatted but always escapes".

Keeping Quiet is honest and covers everything from Leicestershire to Lord's, from Fredalo to Farming, and what I like about it, is Nico telling you what he earned all the way through from his first £3200 annual contract at Leicester to substantially more representing England.

Just when you think most autobiographies are drifting to a slow and boring conclusion, bang, the book hits you with major, controversial and new match fixing revelations and it is a classic from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Man perfectly 3 July 2012
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Paul Nixon is known in cricket as the Badger and as a man who is always probing for an opponent's weakness, someone who stands up for himself and his team mates and who never gives in and makes the absolute best of his ability.

In other words a great team mate and a total pain in the proverbial when he is playing for the other team.

"Keeping Quiet" provides a interesting and captivating account of Nico's career as well as the obligatory match fixing scandal to attract the media's attention, but the book thrives on its own without that as it captures his voice perfectly, is well written, honest and pugnacious - just like the man himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK 18 July 2012
By Jim
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I read this in one go, I couldn't put it down before I'd finished. This is a MUST read for any cricket / sports fan and not your usual one with a list of stats at the back as Paul Nixon has no need to show off in that respect. COME ON , BUY THE BOOK AND LOVE THE BLOKE! (and I'm a Yorkshire CCC member)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit me me me.....but it's an autobiography! 1 Sep 2013
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Though a cricket fan I can't actually recall Paul Nixon playing! There's an overall impression that cricket was incidental to excessive drinking around the world for him! There are some interesting anecdotes about well known players that sort of fit with my perception of them. Nevertheless I read it all through and it's Okay
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 Dec 2012
By sarah
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My Dad was very pleased when he received this book for his birthday! I would recommend to any cricket fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Nixon' s autobiography 14 Oct 2012
By Rodders
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One of the best cricketing autobiographies I have read.
Inspiring stuff from one of the game's great characters.
Nico's book has received some great comments on Twitter all well deserved and I would recommend it as a great Amazon buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking stuff
Great read. Great player. Straight talking and , mostly, hilarious. Interesting to read about growing up and his take on the match fixing scandal. Recommended for any cricket fan
Published 1 month ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping his own wicket intact
A totally honest review of his life. Interesting how he did not succumb to the evil betting scams and how it easily came about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jambro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A foul mouth Sledger Cheat, Dont give your money to this guy.
Published 3 months ago by Truth & Honesty
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and interesting book that focuses on the life of an...
Really enjoyed this book. Gives an understanding of what it is like to be a cricketer in the current era.
Very funny in parts.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Benjamin Nicholas
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
fantastic read. loved it. a true gent and legend of the game. especially as a Kent fan. excellent. well done Badger
Published 4 months ago by Philip Browning
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and straight down the line
Fantastic book- can tell he's a great fella, mad as a hatter but got a lot going on under the bonnet!
Published 4 months ago by Am Sammons
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read.
Having grown up some 4 years younger than Paul I always looked up to him as a kid. Starting as a prepubescent in the same junior cricket side whilst him as a 15 year old, already a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Winder
4.0 out of 5 stars decent enough
Honest, lots of stuff about the inside (dressing room, disputes) etc.

Less about the technical aspects of the game.

Maybe went on a bit in some areas e. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shoaib
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest
Really frank and honest book,didn't hold back on anything ,enjoyed it and recommend it to all sports fans not just cricket .
Published 8 months ago by Philip shield
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