Head-to-Head: Uncovering the Psychology of Sporting Success

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'In his two BBC Radio 5 Live series of HEAD to HEAD, psychologist and writer Geoffrey Beattie proved himself a master interviewer.
Time and again his gentle but incisive probing threw up extraordinary insights: that Naseem Hamed is incapable of feeling fear; that Chris Boardman hates cycling; that Liz McColgan considers herself fat when she sees herself running on TV; that Jonathan Edwards sees the work of the devil in everything, especiallly athletics.
Each broadcast interview lasted a mere 25 minutes, but was edited down from at least double that. The full content of those interviews, in print for the first time, provides a compelling window into the souls of these singular, driven men and women; the sort of people they are - and think they are; why they do what they do - and how; what it means to win - and lose.
The collection as a whole adds up to the most complete inquiry ever published into the psychology of our sporting heroes, and makes gripping reading for all sports fans.' (from the cover)
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVictor Gollancz
ISBN (Print)978-0575063587
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Psychology


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