Monty Panesar (Hardback)
The Full Monty
- Author interview via the Daily Mail: '"I was told I had paranoid schizophrenia... it shocked me massively": Monty Panesar opens up to Nasser Hussain on battling his demons'
- Monty Panesar interview on Good Morning Britain, 16/5/19
- BBC Breakfast interview, 3/5/19
- Interview on Jeremy Vine on 5, 4/5/19
- Interview on Good Morning Britain talking all about the cricket world cup, 12/7/19
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It’s almost impossible to think of Monty Panesar without smiling.
A world-class spin bowler, but an economy-class fielder, Monty remains one of England’s most popular cricketers and an inspiration for British Asians.
Monty Mania swept the country after he became the first Sikh cricketer to play for England, with white men turning up at Test Matches in turbans and beards and fans naming their dogs after him.
For the first time he talks about the extreme racism faced by his parents’ generation, about growing up as a happy, cricket-obsessed child in Luton and his thoughts about Norman Tebbit’s infamous cricket test, which questioned the loyalities of Britain's Asian population.
Monty had a front-row seat as the greatest dramas of one of English cricket’s most successful eras unfolded: his shock when Marcus Trescothick’s illness was revealed, the unique pressure he faced as a Sikh after the Mumbai bombings in 2008, his role in the miracle of Cardiff in 2009 and his disbelief as England imploded during the 2013-14 Ashes series, which coincided with the onset of severe paranoia that threatened to ruin his career.
Told with brutal honesty, dry humour and above all great humanity, this is the hilarious, poignant and ultimately inspiring story of how he confronted and overcame his issues to regain his place as a national treasure. The Full Monty is set to become the feelgood classic of 2019.
★★★★ Lots of emotions! This is a fab book - Monty is really funny, and it comes across so well in his autobiography. His story is tumultuous to say the least and he leaves nothing out. Really, really good book.Amazon Customer
★★★★★ Worth getting for the Mastermind chapter aloneAmazon Customer
Monty is a very funny character. That I already knew. But it was nice to see him laughing at himself in this book. At times I was laughing out loud. The Mastermind chapter is just hilarious. Monty is also a top cricketer. It’s a shame he didn’t stay at the top for longer. As a Sussex CCC fan his decline at the club was sad to witness.
If you read this, Monty, I hope you are in a better place now and are enjoying your cricket. I’ll never forget your exploits at Cardiff. Balls of steel.
★★★★★ Loved it. Read the whole thing whilst on a trip!Amazon Customer
'Building business bridges'Jewish News, 7th November 2019
Article: 'Cricket icon Monty makes NI visit' as featured byNews Letter, 9th November 2019 – words by Graeme Cousins
As featured byThe Cricketer, September 2019
Article: 'Monty: I was in denial about my mental health' as featured byEastern Eye (online & print), 20th September 2019 – words by AMIT ROY
Early on in The Full Monty Panesar expresses the hope that his book will have an uplifting effect on his reader. There are certainly some dark corners opened up and explored, but Panesar’s is a fascinating story. It is written in a slightly frenetic style but, and this is always what any writer aims for, the book is difficult to put down. It also helps that while Panesar does throw the odd brickbat, he always gives credit where it is due, and doesn’t simply use The Full Monty as a forum for settling old scores. It is also important that the book ends on an upbeat note, and Panesar certainly achieves his aim. As I closed the book, the smile was certainly still on my face, although nothing like as broadly as it will be if one day the name of Monty Panesar appears on a county team sheet again.Cricket Web
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Monty's autobiography doesn't skirt around the difficult themes, but in the main it is an uncommonly cheerful book, full of jokes and jeux d'esprit.Irish Daily Mail 26/7/19
As featured inLoughborough Echo, 22nd May 2019
Featured inDaily Express, 13th July 2019
Featured inInternational Express, 26th June 2019
Featured inDaily Mail, 12th July 2019
Author interview onChannel 5 News, 15 July 2019
Interview onSky News, 15 July 2019
See Monty on the Victoria Derbyshire show hereVictoria Derbyshire show, 15 July 2019
Author interview onBBC Cumbria, 15 July 2019
Cricket legend Monty takes on our ultimate quizBBC Newsround, June 2019
Author interview on Good Morning Britain talking all about the Cricket World CupGood Morning Britain, 12 July 2019
Author interview onMirror Now News, 9 July 2019
How Monty Panesar shrugged off racist taunts to become the first Sikh to play for England. And why, after beating his demons, he's not given up hopes of a comebackDaily Express 8/6/19
Author article forEastern Eye newspaper, 14 June 2019
Click here to read author interview as featured byThe MALESTROM, 11th June 2019
Featured on the Victoria Derbyshire show:Victoria Derbyshire show, 30 May 2019
“England are firm favourites, by a long way… the key factor will be how they handle pressure." - "Monty Panesar has his hopes set high as the Cricket World Cup begins."
Interview on India Today:India Today, 30 May 2019
"English cricketer Monty Panesar speaks to India Today about the opening ceremony of World Cup 2019. Watch which team, according to him is going to produce some major upsets."
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Interviewed on Love Sport:Love Sport Radio, 30 May 2019
"I felt lucky to play for England.. It was remarkable how the nation took to me."
Debated on Good Morning Britain on "John Cleese: Racist Tweet?"Good Morning Britain, 30 May 2019
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"Monty Panesar eyes return to cricket after conquering mental woes."Times of India
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Author interview on the Hawksbee & Jacobs showHawksbee & Jacobs, talkSPORT radio
"Monty Panesar thought fans were laughing at him and his teammates were conspiring against him as paranoid thoughts triggered a downward spiral that derailed his professional career."Jacob Polychronis, Fox Cricket
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"Former England cricketer Monty Panesar has appeared to admit to 'ball tampering' in his new book, detailing the life of the spin bowler."Wide World of Sports
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Author interview on BBC Asian NetworkBBC Asian Network, 29 May 2019
"Former England spinner Monty Panesar talks about his challenges and changing attitudes to mental health within the Asian community."
Featured in the Mumbai MirrorMumbai Mirror, 28 May 2019
"Monty Panesar: I was called traitor for not playing for India"
ESPN article: "Monty Panesar opens up on mental health battles and hoping to play again"ESPN cricinfo
"Former England spinner Monty Panesar reveals ball tampering"Ian McCullough, www.stuff.co.nz, May 26 2019
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"Mints, sun cream ... the full monty: Panesar admits to ball tampering"The Sydney Morning Herald, May 25 2019
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Interview for Daily Mail & Mail on Sunday.Daily Mail & MOS, 25/26 May 2019
"He was a national hero when 'Monty Mania' gripped English cricket, but Monty Panesar suffered a spectacular fall when beset by mental health problems."
Author and book featured on FirstCricketFirstCricket website, May 25 2019
"Former England cricketer Monty Panesar admits to ball-tampering in excerpt of upcoming book."
Featured on The Cricketer onlineThe Cricketer, 24 May 2019
Monty Panesar wants to play professional cricket again as he discusses mental health struggle. For Panesar, whose eccentricity with the bat and in the field had become the subject of mockery, it was a confidence-sapping experience.
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Author article for The CricketerThe Cricketer, 22 May 2019
"Eoin Morgan the central figure of England's one-day revival, says Monty Panesar"
Click here for Monty's interview on Good Morning BritainGood Morning Britain, 16 May 2019