Test cricketer Trott's autobiography to Sphere

Test cricketer Trott's autobiography to Sphere

Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, is publishing cricketer Jonathan Trott's autobiography.

Trott, who this year retired, was an England Test cricketer, described as the team's "rock" during one of its most successful periods in history.

He scored a century (100 runs or more) on debut to clinch the Ashes in 2009, and became both ECB Cricketer of the Year and ICC World Cricketer of the Year in 2011 when the team ascended to number 1 in the world rankings.

However he faced "public disintegration" following accusations of "letting his team down" on the 2012-13 Ashes tour he had to leave after suffering from a stress-related illness. 

Despite this, he rebuilt his confidence with the help of sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, and came back to claim his 50th cap earlier this year, before retiring from international cricket.

His story is described as "the story of Team England" that will give readers an understanding of the sacrifices Trott had to make to play the game he loved, as well as to taking them to "the heart of what it is to be a professional sportsman".

Adam Strange, publisher of the Sphere non-fiction list at Little, Brown, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the as-yet-untitled book from David Luxton at David Luxton Associates and James McLaughlin at Eleven 01 Management.

Strange said: “Casual sports fans and die-hard cricket nuts alike will be gripped by Jonathan’s story. Not only does it provide a unique perspective on a remarkably successful period in English cricket and its subsequent reversal, it also offers a fascinating insight into the rewards and risks faced as a sportsman carrying the hope and expectation of a team and a nation. And it’s a salutary tale of the dangers pressure can bring in any walk of life, and the perils of piling unrealistic expectations on yourself.”

Trott said: “I’m delighted that Little, Brown has given me the opportunity to share the true story of my life both on and off the cricket field. Over the years, many commentators have offered their opinions of me as a person and as a cricketer. This is my chance not only to set the record straight, but to explain what it’s really like to be an international sportsman in a team competing at the highest level.”

Sphere will publish in autumn 2016.