Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

Author(s): Matthew Syed


Can we really ALL be the best? Is the idea of innate ability holding us back? Could the ability to fail - and then get over it - be fundamental to success? Matthew Syed, bestselling writer and international table-tennis champion (after many hours of practice) takes us on a revelatory exploration of being the best and the true nature of talent. In so doing he debunks many cherished myths - that we can be born brilliant (and that child prodigies prove it); that we are restricted by our genetic make-up; and that social background matters. He also makes some surprising discoveries, including the impact on performance of intense religious belief, why athletes and others 'choke' and how a Hungarian man turned his daughters into three of the best chess players in history. Entertaining, provoking and positive, Bounce reveals how we can ALL be exceptional.


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Winner of British Sports Book Awards: Best New Writer 2011. Shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2010.

'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, The Times 'I love this book. 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 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 '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

Matthew Syed is an award-winning journalist on the times, writing for both the sports pages and the comment pages. He is a three-time Commonwealth table-tennis champion and competed in two Olympics. He studied PPE at Balliol College Oxford where he was awarded a prize-winning first class degree.

General Fields

  • : 9780007350544
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : Fourth Estate Ltd
  • : 0.216
  • : February 2011
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : June 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew Syed
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 796.01
  • : very good
  • : 272