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Unguarded: My Autobiography Hardcover – 29 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (29 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751565148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751565140
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

A revelatory memoir from an outstanding cricketer that brilliantly illustrates the pressures faced by modern day professional sportsmen.

About the Author

Jonathan Trott is a former England Test cricketer who was ICC and ECB Cricketer of the Year in 2011. He currently plays for Warwickshire, having retired from all international cricket in 2015.


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'Trotty's' cricketing story is a good read and gives insights into not only behind-the-scenes episodes with the team, the management and the coaches during the time he played for England and Warwickshire, but also his own struggle with his 'inner demons'. Jonathon Trott is absolutely candid regarding his own mental anxiety problem (but for which I feel sure he would have been even greater than he was) and equally so about fellow players and management in the cricketing world (and their own lucid comments intersperse this book). Never, though, does he seem vindictive or bitter, generally the reverse, and though his problems may have largely contributed to what appeared perhaps a bumptious nature, it is clear that he developed into a true team player whose main aim was to do well for England and his cricket colleagues. It's a partly sad tale of someone who was great but could have been greater and who was, at least by some, misunderstood. This book should make all clear to critics and fans alike. My only criticism of the writing is that I was a little confused by the chronology, but that's a minor complaint.
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I bought this book really out of intrigue as I am a keen cricket fan and always enjoyed watching Jonathan Trott bat. Like many fans I was saddened when he left the Ashes tour and was keen to find out the reasons from his perspective. His account makes fascinating reading, and above all there is an honesty to it that you rarely find in any autobiography that has gone through the usual rounds of editing and proof reading by publishers etc. He provides a stunning insight into the life of a professional sportsman and the pressures that it can bring, and the input/commentary by some of his friends and team mates (e.g. cook, pietersen) also help to make this a cracking read. Jonathan Trott deserves great respect anyway because he was and always will be one of England's finest ever batsmen, but I respect him all the more for having the bravery to write such an honest and fascinating account of his experiences. It does make you wonder with some sadness how many other people in the public eye might suffer in similar ways and maybe this book might help them to seek help and banish their own demons.
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Trott was a truly superb England batsman . His quality and worth is mentioned in the book but nowhere near often enough. I appreciate and respect all his views and opinions but the books weakness is that Trott's achievements are not explained more fully. Like Graham Thrope Trott may not be given the recognition he thoroughly deserves. The focus of this book appears at times to be highly negative and critical which is a symptom if depression and anxiety but it does the overall result no favours
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Item as described. Prompt delivery Excellent packaging. I recommend this Seller
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Husband loved it and delivery was fast.
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great item
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This is a brutally honest biography by one of England's best batsman in recent times. Trott goes into detail about the pain he was feeling that lead to his untimely retirement. His description of what he went through is at times heartbreaking and to have continued playing, despite his condition, is staggeringly brave.
Trott also provides an unbiased view of the behind the scenes issues within the team, including the KP saga, and other controvsies around the England team at the time it all fell apart.
'Unguarded' is a very appropriate title for this book as Trott pours everything into it. There are also a number of testimonies throughout the book by the likes of Alastiar Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Trotts wife Abi. This gave good perspective as Trotts views of himself are often tainted by his condition and the pressure he was under.
I couldn't believe what he was going through and the book really opened my eyes, important book by a great player.
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I loved following Trott's career and equally love reading his story. The book on a whole is more evidence that the media twist things to suit themselves - he isn't the coward they reported him to be, rather a normal bloke struggling with emotions.

I'd have given this a 5 but the book is let down by it's format in places as well as the odd mistake and sentence that doesn't quite flow. I suspect this is down to George Dobell rather than Trott, thought.
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