Times subscribers joined us on Wednesday, June 7 as we heard from former Formula One champion Damon Hill and former Ashes winner and England cricketer Jonathan Trott, who discussed their sporting lives and the experience of writing their autobiographies with The Times columnist Matthew Syed.
Both Hill and Trott are shortlisted for the The Cross Sports Book Awards, Autobiography of the Year. The awards highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year and were announced on 24 May.
Damon Hill has raced against some of the legends of the sport from Ayrton Senna to Michael Schumacher. The son of racing legend Graham Hill, Damon entered Formula One in 1992, racing for Brabhams and then Williams. Having lost the 1994 World Championship to Schumacher by a single point, Hill was crowned World Champion in 1996.
Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is Hill's candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.
Former England Test cricketer Jonathan Trott was ICC and ECB Cricketer of the Year in 2011. After reaching the top with England’s number 1 ranked test team in 2011, Trott famously left the 2012-13 Ashes tour suffering from a stress-related illness.
His autobiography, Unguarded provides a unique perspective on a remarkably successful period in English cricket and its subsequent reversal, and it offers a fascinating insight into the rewards and risks faced as a sportsman carrying the hopes of a team and a nation.
Following the Q&A there was a chance to purchase books and have them signed.
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