"He was very disciplined and motivated, and I have no doubt that his letters and postcards sent to me during a world cruise, reproduced in this volume with very few language or stylistic corrections, will indicate his progress.
Author: Mick Sutton
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"It comes as a great shock when the active and very articulate man you have shared your life with for sixty odd years has a stroke and loses all his speech." Mick Sutton knew his wife, but could not speak her name. He could not write his own, could hardly make sense of the hospital menu, let alone read his paper or a book. His frustration was palpable. Then he met Fiona, his Speech Therapist, whose guidance worked wonders. Gradually she built up Mick's speech and his ability to write grammatically. "I think if I had to describe Mick's approach to rehabilitation it was that he saw it as a new job," Fiona explains. "He was very disciplined and motivated, and I have no doubt that his letters and postcards sent to me during a world cruise, reproduced in this volume with very few language or stylistic corrections, will indicate his progress." The letters and postcards written by Mick while on a world cruise is a saga of recovery and an inspiration for others who have to overcome the challenges of a stroke or similar unexpected changes or hurdles in their lives.
‘The year’s best cricket book’ Daily Telegraph ‘Well researched and engagingly written, this exemplary work reveals a hidden history…superbly told story’ Sunday Times ‘Easily the cricket book of the year, of the century…It ...
Author: Gideon Haigh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
‘The year’s best cricket book’ Daily Telegraph ‘Well researched and engagingly written, this exemplary work reveals a hidden history…superbly told story’ Sunday Times ‘Easily the cricket book of the year, of the century…It extends the possibility of cricket-writing-as-literature’ Suresh Menon, The Hindu It is arguably the most famous photograph in the history of cricket. In George Beldam's picture, Victor Trumper is caught in mid stroke, the personification of cricketing grace, skill and power, about to hit the ball long and hard. Yet this image, 'Jumping Out', is important not only because of who it depicts, but also what it illustrates about the changing nature of the game and how it has been seen. Now, in Gideon Haigh's brilliant new book, Stroke of Genius, we learn not only about the man in the picture but also the iconography of Trumper's powerful position in cricket's mythology. For many, Australian batsman Trumper was the greatest ever. Neville Cardus wrote: 'I have never yet met a cricketer who, having seen and played with Victor Trumper, did not describe him without doubt or hesitation as the most accomplished of all batsmen of his acquaintance.' Like Lionel Messi or Roger Federer today, he defied the obvious bounds of affiliation. Unlike the current generation of sporting stars, however, there were no memoirs or papers, very few interviews, no action footage - even his date of birth is a matter of debate and conjecture. What isn't in doubt, though, is the impact he had on the game and on his nation. Haigh reveals how Trumper, and 'Jumping Out', helped to change cricket from the Victorian era of static imagery to something much more dynamic, modern and compelling. As such, Trumper helped not only transform cricket but even the way his country viewed itself.
Everybody knows that Leonardo da Vinci was an artist - that he was the mastermind behind the infamous Mona Lisa and designed the first-ever flying machine.
Author: Michael Cox
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Everybody knows that Leonardo da Vinci was an artist - that he was the mastermind behind the infamous Mona Lisa and designed the first-ever flying machine. But did you also know that da Vinci: - spent a decade making a clay horse? - had his very own pet dragon? - loved to wear pink? Full of rivalries between artists, incredible inventions and passages from Leonardo's lost notebook, discover everything you ever wanted to know about the man with the paintbrush!
A Stroke of Genius: The Invention and First C&itury of Lithography is one of three
simultaneous exhibitions looking at lithography as a printmaking process. It is the
exhibition that provides the historical context of the invention and its various ...
Before professional sports became the behemoth industry that it is today, the game of golf gave rise to one of the most gifted natural athletes the world has ever known.
Author: David Sobel
Publisher: British Amer Pub Limited
Category: Sports & Recreation
Before professional sports became the behemoth industry that it is today, the game of golf gave rise to one of the most gifted natural athletes the world has ever known. A man whose extraordinary talent and will to win earned him the Grand Slam of golf--a record he still holds to this day--and an universal recognition as one of the greatest sports figures in history.
The serve is the most important shot in tennis, the one stroke that is self-
generated, hit irrespective of the opponent. It requires no reaction. Tennis's
scoring system assumes that players will hold their serves, and that the player
breaking serve ...
Author: L. Jon Wertheim
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Sports & Recreation
In the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama. Five-time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. He just needed to cling to his trajectory. So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation. Only it wasn’t a crowning for the Swiss heir apparent but for a swashbuckling Spaniard. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed, in five sets, in what was, according to the author, "essentially a four-hour, forty-eight-minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis—a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship." It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions. In the tradition of John McPhee’s classic Levels of the Game, Strokes of Genius deconstructs this defining moment in sport, using that match as the backbone of a provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining look at the science, art, psychology, technology, strategy, and personality that go into a single tennis match.With vivid, intimate detail, Wertheim re-creates this epic battle in a book that is both a study of the mechanics and art of the game and the portrait of a rivalry as dramatic as that of Ali–Frazier, Palmer–Nicklaus, and McEnroe–Borg.