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‘A gripping examination of the hidden forces that come together in the making of a champion.'
Michael Atherton – former England cricket captain

'A fascinating subject and Syed is a dazzling writer.'
Owen Slot – Chief Sports Reporter, The Times

'I love this book. It is a must-read if you have ever wondered what sets the super-achievers and the rest of us apart – in any field, not just in sport. I only wish I had read it when I was fifteen.'
Gabby Logan – BBC TV presenter and former international gymnast

'Intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable at a stroke … challenged some of my most cherished beliefs about life and success.'
Jonathan Edwards – triple jump world record holder

'Funny and tragic, learned and urgent, Bounce is a joy to read.'
Howard Jacobson – novelist

'Cutting-edge analysis and devastatingly argued.'
Mark Thomas – Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London

'Compelling and, at times, exhilarating – Bounce explains high achievement in sport, business and beyond.'
Michael Sherwood – Chief Executive, Goldman Sachs International

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From the author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

Essential reading for an astounding summer of sport; If you’ve ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer.

This edition does not include illustrations.

What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together.

Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics.

Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (29 April 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WJ18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars you have to work a lot to achieve good results. Not sure if anybody didn't know already ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book turns talent on it's head, buy it and learn
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