Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

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Fourth Estate, 2011 - Ability - 296 pages
"Matthew Syed ... 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 doing so 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 ..."--Publisher.

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About the author (2011)

Matthew Syed is an award-winning journalist for 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 was a contributor to the BBC coverage of London 2012. He studied PPE at Balliol College Oxford where he was awarded a prize-winning first class degree.

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