Coming Back To Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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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
Gripping throughout...A frank, open-hearted account of a still-taboo subject.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That marcus and others like him are being so honest about his illness is what is helping fight the stigma of mental illness today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chris
One of the most important reasons for reading this autobiography is to try and understand the depressive illness that turned Trescothick from one of England's finest opening... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter Steward
Well written and interesting cricket book. - Also, a real insight into the depression illnessPublished 10 months ago by Mr R A McCormack
Insightful and open. As a counsellor I could include reading it as CPD; for me as a Somerset man of course Tresco's special, but after reading it I understand why we'll never win... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wade Miller Knight
As a somerset cricket fan I had to buy this .... Brilliant bookPublished 15 months ago by Stephen Hartnell
Well deserving of its' William Hill sports book of the year award Marcus Trescothick gives a piercingly honest account of the times he was overtaken by the 'Black Dog'. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul O'callaghan