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Higgy Matches, Microphones and MS by Alastair Hignell

Higgy Matches, Microphones and MS

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Winner of the Best Rugby Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2012.

Alastair Hignell had three highly successful careers in sport: as an England rugby player, a county cricketer and a sports broadcaster. A much-loved figure in the sporting world, he retired after being diagnosed with MS. This book is his warm and inspirational story - from his early days through to his current struggle with a debilitating illness.


Higgy Matches, Microphones and MS by Alastair Hignell

Winner of the Best Rugby Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2012.

Alastair Hignell is renowned as a rugby international for England, a county cricketer and a much-loved broadcaster. Forced to retire from his playing careers at an early age due to injury, and then from his broadcasting career when his struggle with MS became too overwhelming, he has nonetheless lived life to the full. Higgy tells his inspirational story with warmth and humour - from growing up as a bright and very competitive young lad, on to his successful Cambridge university days where he was the first person to captain both the rugby and cricket first teams, through his playing careers against and alongside some of the all-time greats in both sports, and a prominent broadcasting career that took him around the world to cover some of the biggest sporting events and characters. All this success was brought into sharp relief by his diagnosis with MS, which eventually forced his retirement from broadcasting but also prompted him to become one of the leading campaigners for those suffering from the disease. Higgy's has been a tough journey, and his story is a fascinating example of strength and determination when faced with adversity. Appealing to a broad range of sports fans, this story is about setbacks and triumphs, about making the shift from the athletic struggles of sport to the struggle of performing everyday tasks. It's the genuine and emotional story of how a highly successful sportsman faced up to a devastating illness and became one of the most inspiring personalities of our age.


'An honest, humbling autobiography which soars beyond the narrow confines of the sporting shelves'
Stuart Barnes

'Monumental. Transcending great sport and revealing incredible fortitude in adversity, and the iron in a stricken sportsman's soul'
Stephen Jones, Sunday Times

'A very special read'
Mike Harrison, Sky Sports

'a magnificent book'

About the Author

Alastair Hignell has had three outstanding careers in sport: as an England rugby player, a talented county cricketer and a sports broadcaster for the BBC and ITV. He has been a teacher and television presenter as well as patron for a national Multiple Sclerosis charity.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th September 2011


Alastair Hignell

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A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


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