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Matthew’s first published book Bounce.

Matthew Syed’s first book, Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and became a UK best-seller.

Bounce, is described as

“a must-read for anyone interested in the science of success, and the mindset and culture that support it”

Freakonomics explained how we get what we want and what we need.

Predictably Irrational exposed the hidden factors controlling our behaviour.

Bounce transforms our understanding of competition and who we are.

Just what does it take to be the best? Matthew Syed uncovers the “hidden logic of success” behind the careers of world-beaters from David Beckham and Serena Williams to Mozart and Picasso.

Along the way Matthew explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work and will. From sex to maths, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

Questions answered by Bounce include:

Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100m in under ten seconds been black?

Is it good to praise a child’s intelligence?

Why are sportsmen so superstitious?

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