David Frith

Silence Of The Heart
  • Silence Of The Heart

  • Cricket has an alarming suicide rate.

    Among international players for England and several other countries it is far above the national average for all sports: and there have been numerous instances at other levels of the game.

    For thirty years, celebrated cricket author David Frith has collected data on this sad subject. Silence of the Heart is his compelling account of over a hundred cricketers - involving top names from the past hundred years - who have taken their own lives, with an explanation of factors that led to their premature deaths.

    Can the shocking rate of self-destruction among cricketers be reduced? Can those who run the game do something to save its participants from this dreadful fate? These are among the questions addressed within this catalogue of biographies. But the key question is whether cricket itself is to blame for its losses - or is that this summer game attracts people of a melancholic and over-sensitive nature?

    Stoddart, Shrewsbury, Gimblett, Bairstow, Trott, Iverson, Robertson-Glasgow, Barnes . . . There remains a sense of disbelief that these high-profile cricketers killed themselves. And many more cases are examined in this extraordinary book, which comes crammed with detail, is not devoid of humour, and must rank among the most intricately researched volumes in cricket's extensive library.

    With a foreword by former England captain Mike Brearley, now a psychotherapist, Silence of the Heart is a startling investigative narrative covering the phenomenon of cricket's unduly high level of suicide.

Date: 2013-08-06 David Frith has been playing, watching and writing about the sport for fifty years. He was the founding editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly and has been editor of The Cricketer. Two of his previous books, Pageant of Cricket and a biography of A.E. Stoddart, 'My Dear Victorious Stod', have won the Cricket Society Literary Award. Date: 2013-08-06 David Frith, an award-winning cricket author, has seen almost every Ashes Test of the post-war era. His book Bodyline Autopsy (2002) was nominated for the William Hill Award, while By His Own Hand: A Study of Cricket's Suicides (1991) was recently voted one of the Observer Sport Monthly's Top 50 Sports Books of All Time. His pictorial history of England versus Australia Test matches is a classic with over 100,000 copies sold. A former editor of The Cricketer and the founder of Wisden Cricket Monthly, he lives in Guildford, Surrey.

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