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Ex-England captain and psychoanalyst Mike Brearley will Discuss and Sign his Book, On Cricket

Ex-England captain and psychoanalyst Mike Brearley will Discuss and Sign his Book, On Cricket

  • Fri Oct 19, 2018 - 19:30 pm
  • Spirella Ballroom

From the author On Form:

* THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

* DAILY TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR

* LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

 

For this collection of essays, Brearley has gone through pieces he has written over the past four decades, elaborating on many of them, cutting or adding, according to his second thoughts presenting to the reader something that is more holistic, more synoptic, from distance and old age. The portraits range from profiles of individuals (everyone from Jardine and Bradman to Alastair Cook and Ian Chappell) to profiles of hot issues such as race, prejudice, and depression. Brearley touches on everything from a Socratic enquiry into the nature of sport to the relationship between sport and psychoanalysis.

 

Mike Brearley OBE was educated at Cambridge, where he read Classics and Moral Sciences, and captained the university. He played for Middlesex County Cricket Club intermittently from 1961 to 1983, captaining the side from 1971 to 1982. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning 17 Test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes Home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982 he trained and continues to work as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. He is the author of the best-selling The Art of Captaincy, and has written on cricket and the psychology of sport for the Observer and most recently The Times. He lives in London.