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Trescothick's autobiography goes on sale

One of the most eagerly anticipated cricket books of the year went on sale on September 8 - Marcus Trescothick's autobiography, "Coming Back To Me" - in which England's former opening batsman talks candidly about his rise to international stardom, and the crippling mental illness that forced him to withdraw from consecutive tours of India and Australia.

With over 10,000 international runs to his name including 26 centuries, Trescothick lived his childhood dream of playing and winning for England and, in 2005, became one of only twelve England players in the past twenty years to experience the ultimate success of Ashes victory.

Here he describes the struggles he faced in making the grade for Somerset and the pride and enjoyment he subsequently felt during his years at the very top of the international game, including the challenge of facing and defeating the best bowlers in the world.

But Trescothick also talks with searing honesty about the 'black wings' of his depression that threatened to engulf him and how he was convinced that he was dying when suffering overwhelming panic attacks away from home.

"What did I have to worry about?" writes Trescothick. "I had always been someone who coped. But depression doesn't care who it attacks; if it wants you, you cannot beat it off with a CV or a bank balance.'

"All sportsmen, to some degree, die a death in far-off, forgotten hotel rooms," said Trescothick's former opening partner, Mike Atherton. "Cricketers are never irreplaceable but Marcus has been as close as it gets for England."

Competition - now closed

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition to win a signed copy of 'Coming Back To Me'. We had more than 400 entries, and the vast majority correctly answered that Trescothick's highest Test score of 219 was made against South Africa at The Oval in September 2003.

Five lucky winners will soon be receiving their copies:

Curt King, Houston Texas
Jack Ackland, London
Elaine Stead, Yorkshire
Pratik Patel, Ohio
Leticia Allway, London