By Mr Howe, English Teacher at Caxton College 


Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice – Matthew Syed

A non-fiction book for Years 10-13. Anyone interested in sport, psychology or science would enjoy this book.

What’s the secret to being a successful athlete? Are they born with God-given talent? Or have they developed their skills over time? Can anyone become an elite athlete? Why are so many top long distance runners from Kenya? Why are so many successful sprinters from Jamaica? Why did 12 elite UK table tennis players come from one street in Reading?

This book uses examples from sport to answer some of these questions. It breaks down a lot of myths we have about talent and what makes people successful. As a sports fan I found the book interesting, but it also changed my attitude towards teaching. It made me realised that students can achieve greatness in any subject if they engage in regular and effective practice.

Link to the book on amazon