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The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection

Matthew Syed

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Prose: non-fiction, Politics & government, Sport & the law, Sports training & coaching, Sports psychology

Matthew Syed, the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of BLACK BOX THINKING, returns with a collection of award-winning writing on the science and psychology of sport.

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity?
What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians?
What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform?
And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning?
Matthew Syed, the 'Sports Journalist of the Year 2016', answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport.

How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.

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Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed (Author)
Matthew Syed is a columnist for The Times, an acclaimed author and a former international table tennis champion. His first book for kids, You Are Awesome, was a no. 1 bestseller and won Best Children's Non-fiction Book 2019. He is also a trustee of Greenhouse Sports, a charity that empowers young people from disadvantaged communities through sport. Matthew is married, and has two young children.

Toby Triumph (Illustrator)
Toby Triumph is a New York-based illustrator from Yorkshire, England. He creates detailed hand-drawn pieces with an irreverent edge, that incorporate characters, typography and playful phrases. Outlines and blocks help him create definition within these detailed illustrations, often realised in mono or duo tone colour palettes. His work has been applied across product packaging, advertising, clothing, installations and large-scale murals.

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