Cut Short by James TaylorJames Taylor has an amazing story to tell, from battling through the junior ranks where he faced constant negativity about his height: to the pinnacle of his career as one of Englands top batsmen and elders in international cricket.
Tragically, his career was cut short due to a serious heart condition which forced him to retire in 2016 at the age of 26. In his book, James will discuss his journey from a cricket loving boy to the international superstar he became.
Revealing the inside story of his heart condition - how it affected him personally and how he rebuilt his life and used his experience to help others.
Jamess book will appeal not only to cricket fans, but also a wider audience as he tells his inspiring story of overcoming adversity.
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James Taylor: Cut Short
When he crosses a busy road, or dashes for cover as it rains, he has to slow and think about his heart. Taylor has to avoid every situation that could make that heart beat faster so, last summer, when he got married, he pre-recorded his speech and played it on a projector. His wife, Jose, his rock who spent 16 nights with him in hospital, could not bring herself to leave him waiting at the altar, so arrived bang on time. It is a remarkable account of his career, the manner in which it ended and the two very strange years since. After falling ill while in Cambridge for a pre-season match in , Taylor was diagnosed with ARVC Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy , forced to retire at 26 and, reluctantly at first but gratefully now, fitted with a defibrillator. That fearlessness may have gone, but a feature of the book is that he does not shy away from being honest about those who have angered him.
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On the second morning of a match against Cambridge University, he was taken ill with what he at first thought was a virus, which turned out to be a serious heart condition that forced him to retire from the game he loved when at the pinnacle of his career. In his wonderfully honest autobiography, Cut Short, James Taylor looks back over his life, from his young cricketing days to his pride batting for England, and of course the near tragedy in Cambridge. We sat down recently to speak to him about that fateful day, the greatest moments of his career and what the current England side need to bring them more success. James Taylor: Yeah it was. I never really thought about writing a book before obviously, now was the right time to do it with everything that has happened.
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James Taylor was born in Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire, in And then tragedy struck. In April , a serious heart condition left Taylor fighting for his life in the changing room. In Cut Short, Taylor reveals his route to the top. On the way, he describes how he encountered prejudice against his size and how his Test debut was overshadowed by the negative attentions of Kevin Pietersen.