Friday, 6 July 2012

Paul Nixon - Keeping Quiet

Keeping Quiet is the new autobiography by Paul Nixon, with Jon Colman and published by The History Press. Quite frankly, I couldn’t put it down! It is a brutally honest and frank account starting with family tragedy, Nico’s battle to overcome dyslexia and the way he overcame his demons, and the negativity and doubts that affect all sportsmen. It shows the rise of a man from growing up on a Cumbrian farm to playing cricket for England.

Although Nico is as mad as a badger, as his nickname suggests, he is a warm person and nothing was further from the truth when he was the first cricketer to do a Q and A with us here at The Middle Stump, when we were starting out. No thoughts of thinking it was beneath him, and that is just a small part of the man’s generosity. This shines through in the book, and you get the feeling right through that Nico is a good guy.

With forewords by greats such as Sir Vivian Richards and Steve Waugh, this book is bound to be a major seller and covers banter, sledging and describes how he even upset Graham Gooch one day with his chat. Waugh himself described Nixon as, “ A mosquito buzzing around in the night, that needs to be swatted but always escapes”.

Keeping Quiet is honest and covers everything from Leicestershire to Lord’s, from Fredalo to Farming, and what I like about it, is Nico telling you what he earned all the way through from his first £3200 annual contract at Leicester to substantially more representing England.

Just when you think most autobiographies are drifting to a slow and boring conclusion, bang, the book hits you with major, controversial and new match fixing revelations and it is a classic from start to finish. With the excellent and award winning writer Jon Colman, a fellow Cumbrian on board, Keeping Quiet is entertaining, funny, unique and if you like the type of banter we cover here at The Middle Stump, then this book is a must read for you.

Leave Fifty Shades of Grey to the missus, an autobiography of one of the biggest characters of the last twenty years, is what it is about!

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