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Mind Over Batter

Narrated by: Graeme Fowler
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins

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Following the critical and commercial success of Absolutely Foxed, Graeme Fowler returns with a stunning new book that takes the listener inside the mental side of cricket. 

Few sports can be played as much in the mind as cricket. When bowlers are hurling the ball down at your head at 90 mph, or fielders are crowded round the bat waiting to snap up an edge, only the most resilient can thrive. In Mind Over Batter, former Test batsman, commentator and coach Fowler looks into all facets of the game to assess the mental aspect of cricket. What is mental strength? And how can you improve it, or why do some people suddenly lose it? Can the environment in a dressing room have any impact on both mental strength and mental health? When a game builds up to a dramatic climax - how do you train yourself to cope? Can pressure really lead to catastrophic decision-making and even lead players to bend the rules?

Told with his familiar mix of brilliant insight, hilarious anecdotes and moving personal experience of his own mental demons, Fowler delivers a superb portrait of the game. Mind Over Batter will not only shed light on the top echelons of cricket, but it will also provide the listener with many useful ideas on how they can improve their own game and performance - in cricket or in other walks of life. Finally, having resisted for many years despite his own mental health issues, Fowler decides to take a closer look inside his own mind and for the first time undergoes therapy to see if he can work out what makes him tick. What he discovered surprised even him.

©2019 Graeme Fowler (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • Rob
  • 26-07-2019

A really interesting listen

As a cricketer a cricket fan and a former Durham University student I found a lot I can relate to in this book. A lot of straightforward common sense about how to play the game, and some colourful storytelling of the characters who make it so unique.

It was brilliant to have Foxy reading the book. This makes an audiobook so much more authentic.

I will now seek out Graeme’s first book.

Cheers Foxy.

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  • Matthew Walmsley
  • 01-12-2019

Open, honest and very entertaining

I loved this book. I'm not a cricket badger (nice phrase) but this was the era I grew up in, and the stories have resonance. There are common sense bits are about learning, playing and then coaching sport. But the best thing about this book is listening to someone who shares my intolerance/anger of things I think are wrong or illogical learn and has a view on how to deal with them. Thank you!

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  • emma codrington
  • 26-09-2019

Really good listen

As a cricket fan who remembered watching him play it was a great listen, with some good / funny stories from his playing days. As a parent of a 13 year old cricket mad son i also enjoyed listening to his thoughts on batting which he drip feeds in during the book from a coaches perspective
Great listen overall would recommend

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  • alex picker
  • 19-08-2019

Inspirational

A great follow up to Absolutely Foxed and a really brilliant insight into the mindset of not just a top cricketer but a really complex human being and what it takes to succeed not only on the field but off it, as well. Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • leadingyou2010
  • 08-08-2019

Absolutely brilliant

I totally loved it, maybe it's because I'm an opening batter, maybe because I love the game, maybe it's because I too have suffered from depression. Also great impressions by Fowler:)

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  • Gary Ponsford
  • 14-07-2019

Brilliant

Brilliant. Great cross over bringing cricket, psychology, practicality and life together whilst talking about life and cricket...

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  • Mr
  • 13-06-2019

Best cricket book for years

Well done to Foxy. As well as being a brilliant book for looking at himself and being cathartic it is expert in giving insight to to rop performing batsman and the way he simplifies thought processes as a cricketer is inspiring and, as a player myself, Incredibly useful
First class Foxy

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  • Dougy 66
  • 25-05-2019

Foxy delivers the goods again

As a kid Graeme Fowler was always one of my favourite cricketers - flamboyant and unorthodox in his approach but always entertaining. Really enjoyed reading his first book - Absolutely Foxed but have got to say that this one is even better. Would especially recommend the audiobook for the hilarious tales from the Lancashire dressing room and the flawless Jack Simmons impressions.