By David Frith
Cricket has an alarming suicide fee.
Among overseas gamers for England and a number of other international locations it truly is a long way above the nationwide ordinary for all activities: and there were a number of cases at different degrees of the sport.
For thirty years, celebrated cricket writer David Frith has accrued facts in this unhappy topic. Silence of the Heart is his compelling account of over 100 cricketers - related to best names from the earlier hundred years - who've taken their very own lives, with an evidence of things that resulted in their untimely deaths.
Can the surprising fee of self-destruction between cricketers be diminished? Can those that run the sport do anything to save lots of its members from this dreadful destiny? those are one of the questions addressed inside of this catalogue of biographies. however the key query is whether or not cricket itself is responsible for its losses - or is this summer season video game draws humans of a melancholic and over-sensitive nature?
Stoddart, Shrewsbury, Gimblett, Bairstow, Trott, Iverson, Robertson-Glasgow, Barnes . . . There is still a feeling of disbelief that those high-profile cricketers killed themselves. and lots of extra circumstances are tested during this remarkable publication, which comes full of element, isn't with out humour, and needs to rank one of the such a lot intricately researched volumes in cricket's huge library.
With a foreword through former England captain Mike Brearley, now a psychotherapist, Silence of the Heart is a startling investigative narrative masking the phenomenon of cricket's unduly excessive point of suicide.