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Keeping Quiet: Paul Nixon: The Autobiography by [Colman, Jon, Nixon, Paul]
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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

About the Author

Jon Colman, who collaborated with Paul Nixon in the writing of this book, is a sports writer with Cumbrian Newspapers in Carlisle. He was named Regional Sports Writer of the Year at the British Sports Journalism Awards in 2008 and 2011, and was described at the 2011 Regional Press Awards as ‘the best sports writer Fleet Street never had’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12460 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Jan. 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 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A cricketing friend lent me this book to read when I was in hospital having hip surgery and I loved it. I loved the way the book gave a real insight into Paul Nixon the man and the cricketer and I would recommend it to anyone who not only loves cricket but sport in general. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the book I thought I would buy one for myself for Paul to sign as he is coming to my cricket club later this month to help us celebrate our 125 years of cricket at our club.
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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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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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A totally honest review of his life. Interesting how he did not succumb to the evil betting scams and how it easily came about. Paul Nixon is a totally wholehearted cricketer who has not forgot his roots or how much he owes to others. Good read for any cricket fan.
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Paul Nixon was certainly one of the more colourful characters of county cricket, but he had limited national exposure and only a short England career. Therefore he is not very well known outside of cricketing circles, but sports fans will get alot from the book as it lays bare the often unseen changing room politics and intricacies of being a 'jobbing' sportsman.

Nixon has charm and humour a plenty, the book is not quite warts and all and nor does it ever fully explode into the expose it could have been. As a read, it is never less than entertaining but the writing is haphazard and narrative structure jarring and disjointed. The timeline of his career and personal life often overlapped and I found it hard sometimes to relate where he was in either in some chapters. I'd compare this in style to Brian Moore's autobiography - were that differs is the brutal and genuinly traumatic past that drove Moore into the man he became. Nixon does attemtpt to show the 'demons' of confidence with his negative man, but this bit felt a little hollow. Who, in any walk of life, doesn't have confidence issues and go through periods of ups and downs. He isn't the first and certainly wont be the last sportsman to need visualisation and positivity training.

The section that came most to life was the issue of match fixing and corruption - it was refreshing and genuinly revealing insight into how players reacted to it and how much it may have been (is) going on. For the average cricket fan this is good and punchy read that entertains. For the the wider sports fan it is entertaining but the jarring narrative style and timeline issues make it harder work than it needed to be.
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