Turning Over the Pebbles: A Life in Cricket and in the Mind (Hardback)
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Turning Over the Pebbles: A Life in Cricket and in the Mind (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 01/06/2023
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One of British sport's wisest and most thoughtful figures, former England cricket captain Brearley reflects on his life and career drawing in lessons and insights he has gained from his experience as a trained psychoanalyst.

'If you go on like this, you'll do nothing but play cricket all your life.'

These were the exasperated words of Mike Brearley's mother, as he once again tracked mud into the house after a long day playing outdoors. They were also an unknowing prediction, for Brearley's is a life that has always been closely intertwined with cricket.

One of England's finest cricket captains, Mike Brearley looks back on a lifetime of the sport, from joyful childhood games to his captaincy in the 1981 Ashes home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. A trained psychoanalyst, Brearley seamlessly blends reflection on his sporting life with introspections on literature, religion and leadership, reflecting on his experiences both on and off the field.

Intelligent and insightful, Turning Over the Pebbles is a memoir brimming with Brearley's private passions, as he reflects on an extraordinary life and career.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408715963
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 584 g
Dimensions: 236 x 152 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Sunday Times 'Book of the Week'

A superb book - much more than a traditional memoir . . . this is a sharp, witty and unashamedly learned meditation on art and music, literature and the Classics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, childhood and old age, families and feelings, illness and the imminence of death . . . And of course cricket. It is unlike any book you will read this year . . . This book is an inspiration, showing us how to live our best lives - Sunday Times

A Masterclass . . . [A] stimulating memoir . . . It is hard to think of any other sportsman - or come to it, any other philosopher or analyst - who makes for such agreeable, such stimulating , such warm, company - Daily Telegraph

Absolutely riveting - Amol Rajan, BBC Radio 4 Today

Unexpected rewards to the reader on every page - Simon Barnes, The Cricketer

Whether discussing philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature or cricket . . . Brearley is compelling company - Guardian

Turning Over the Pebbles sparkles with erudition and culture . . . rewarding and eye-opening - TLS

An enthralling memoir from the cricketing great - i Newspaper

This sharp memoir glides across [Brearley's] interests, featuring musings on ageing, music and strategy in sport. It's the ideal accompaniment to the Ashes. - The Times

Peppered with reflections on music, literature, philosophy and exchanges with legendary thinkers, it is as much if not more a book on the mind and a manual on the essence of a good life - and a good death; it will make readers pause - Financial Times

Brearley's prose is abundantly stylish - Tablet

A thoughtful and intriguing book - Methodist Recorder

Exceptionally carefully thought-through and most intriguingly written . . . This is a truly lovely book - Oldie

A beautifully crafted journey into the mind of a genius - both cricketing and otherwise - City AM

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