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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755318439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755318438
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If it is possible to be as dedicated, gifted, modest, and influential as Englands fly-half, then Sport really is a place where inspiration can be found." --"Daily Mail" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'If it is possible to be as dedicated, gifted, modest and influential as Englands fly-half, then Sport really is a place where inspiration can be found' Daily Mail

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Rowe on 2 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Boy, would I hate to be Jonny Wilkinson. I spent half of Tackling Life wincing at the horrible injuries Wilkinson's suffered and the other half cringing at the anguish he puts himself through. Never be a perfectionist - that seems to be the take home message. It hurts.

I read the book mainly to see what Wilkinson says about Buddhism. As far as I can tell, his interest is genuine but trivialised and sensationalised by the media.

Wilkinson doesn't actually discuss Buddhism that much - the noun occurs only 2 times - but apparently that was deliberate. But I did wonder whether you can be a Buddhist and have such an unparalleled, single-minded devotion to winning?

That said, I found Tackling Life an intense, enjoyable read. The flat prose style might have begun to pall after a while, but the copy editor has done a fine job of breaking the copy up and scattering pullquotes around.

The inspirational advice from Steve Black 'Blackie' is useful, if a little repetitive.

And as he does on the pitch, Wilkinson never ducks a tackle. He's honest to the point of obsession about the demons that drive him.

This is a man who felt [page 79] that being lucky was worse than losing because he felt it meant he didn't deserve to win!

Wilkinson has had a tough time of it since the famous Rugby World Cup win of 2003.

Not only with injuries. One of the biggest problems he faced was the disappointment of reaching the top of game and then having to come down the mountain. Where do you go when you've won the top accolades your profession has to offer? What do you do when you've won?

In many respects this book is an attempt to answer that question, which is perhaps why it has such a ring of the self help about it.

That's not a bad thing, by the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. MW Brabbins on 18 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
This purchase was for my grandson who is not the world's most avid reader. He devoured it in a few days and found it absorbing reading and well worthwhile. The experience galvanised him into a book a month all to do with sports science and training. His full time job is Golf asst Professional and he finds that this sort of book is an ideal adjunct to his work.
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By Mr. Edward C. Corkin on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a fan of Jonny. His modest, down to Earth personality twinned with his incredible desire to win and be the best is the recipe that deserves him the title of a legend of rugby union. However this book runs deeper than him talking of himself, and his glorious return from being injury stricken. rather, Jonny readily puts himself forward as an example of the darker sides of searching for perfection in yourself. He does not seek remorse for his wilderness days and his mind frame after the 2003 world cup, but instead justifies why it was he thought like that, and what he had to do to get over the demons he faced. He urges the reader to relate and offers personal experience on the best way to tackle the problems. The excerpts from Steve Black, his close friend, provide inspiration on applying yourself as much as you can, be it in the workplace, on the pitch, or striving to be a better person. Relating to his successful teams such as Wales or Newcastle Falcons, 'Blackie' puts life lessons into an easy, relatable format through the median of rugby.

Seriously, for all who look for inspiration, or are open to new ideas for thinking, this book is brilliant, as you can come back to it again and again for quotes and extracts.
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Format: Paperback
I quite enjoyed this book,if for nothing else finding out how complex a character Jonny Wilkinson is,the asides from Steve Black were also interesting,and it does make you wonder if football managers read s deeply into the philosophy and dynamics whether we would have a more successful England team.At times it did seem rather repetitive,and he did seem to be saying the same thing in a different manner. I imagine a psychologist could have a field day with Wilkinson's inner thoughts,and what would appear to be his almost paranoid behaviour towards perfection,and practice.
Nonetheless this is an interesting and enjoyable read that gives an insight into one of the iconic heroes of English rugby in the last few years,and obviously his epic drop goal in the Rugby World of 2003.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CeeBee on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bought this for my 23 yr old son for Christmas as he is a big Jonny fan. He absolutely loved it and could not put it down. Constantly refers to philosophy parts in his own part time job as a sports coach. Brilliant read.
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Format: Paperback
came quickly lovely book a1 gave 5 stars cos it deserves it.lovely condition good read good price recommended will use again
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