November 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
This comprehensive autobiography details the life, career and many extraordinary achievements of one of the most influential and popular figures in the world of sport today - the highs and the lows and why he nearly walked away from the England team created by Martin Johnson. It's honest and inspirational too.
Jonny Wilkinson's career has crossed three decades and four World Cups. He has accumulated phenomenal achievements, world points records, an impressive list of broken body parts, and a drop goal that will be remembered for ever. But the peculiar calmness with which he played the game masked a very different reality. In JONNY, he reveals the extraordinary psychology that he had to tame in order to be able to dominate his sport. For most of his life, he was driven by a quest for perfection and an obsession to be the best player in the world; here he shows how these two facets of his competitive mind took such a hold of him that they sent him to the top of the world, then swept him up and dragged him down into a spiral of despair. Jonny's career has spanned the far reaches: amazing highs and iconic moments, then a fight against injury that culminated in a battle with depression. Here he tells of the physical toll he knew his body was taking from rugby, even from his youth; he tells of how he never wanted to be a kicking fly-half but learned to adapt his natural game to play the style that Clive Woodward believed necessary to win a World Cup, and how he nearly walked out on Martin Johnson's England team 13 years later.
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||10th November 2011|
|Publisher:||Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites,|
Jonny Wilkinson became England's youngest international for 71 years when he made his debut at 18 in March 1998. He has since won 82 caps for his country and is the leading point-scorer in test rugby. In the 2003 World Cup he scored the drop goal that won the tournament. He endured a succession of injuries that kept him out of international action for over three years but he returned to kick the England rugby team to the final of the 2007 World Cup. He has also won five British Lions caps. He was awarded the MBE in January 2003, and the OBE a year later.More About Jonny Wilkinson