Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

Non-Fiction, Sports Psychology, Sport, Sports Sciences & Studies
Paperback Published on: 28/04/2011
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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.

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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007350544
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Great Read!
Superb take on the myth of talent from a great source and author. Great for any willing sportsperson or a student like myself!
Great Read.
Even if you agree with the premise of "Myth of Talent and the Power of Practise" 100% or not, it is a very interesting book. All the theories are backed up... READ MORE
Matty Ball
Insightful & thought provoking!
Syed's personal experiences add great weight to the patterns and conclusions, particularly when he moves along other sporting avenues to delve further into... READ MORE
A good read, you can be what you want to be!
The premise is with sufficient training anyone can be what they want to be and that you are born talented is a myth. This is a very good read, Matthew Sye... READ MORE
Clive Thornton
Verry Interesting!
If you are interested in understanding what makes people achieve in life, it is not necessasarily talent that gets you there. This book blows the lid on t... READ MORE
Terence Bermingham