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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Silver Sports Podcast award at the 2020 British Podcast Awards

This is a story about the beautiful game – football. The highs, the lows, historic match days and foul play. It’s a celebration of a beloved player, a history maker, and his tragic ending at the final whistle. It’s a story about science and discovery, about the people on the frontline of life changing research.

But above all it’s a story about family, and about consequence.

All of this is wrapped up in three little letters, C.T.E.

A four part investigative documentary from multi-award winning producer Hana Walker-Brown (Audio Production Awards Best Documentary [Winner, 2017, 2016], Prix Europa [Nominee, 2018, 2017, 2015], Åke Blomström Prize [Winner, 2015] Hearsay International Audio Arts Award [Nominee, 2014] and Charles Parker Prize Gold Award [Winner, 2013]) The Beautiful Brain looks at the devastating effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – a degenerative brain disease found in people who’ve suffered severe or repeated blows to the head.

Beginning with the story of FA Cup winner Jeff Astle, the podcast expands outwards looking at the widows, daughters and families who are left fighting for answers following the death of their loved ones. As the series progresses Hana’s investigation leads her from Britain’s football pitches to support groups for victims of domestic violence and beyond, sparking a vital discussion about accountability and the urgent need for further scientific studies into CTE.

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  • M.G.
  • 02-05-19

Excellent Moving Story

This is excellent. True story that moved me to tears. Told with compassion and respect I think this will stay with me for years to come.

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  • Alexander
  • 03-06-19

A Paper Thin Jeff Astle Biography

Largely disappointed (although I a greatly appreciate that it's free). More like a 3 and a half hour radio discussion

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  • S S
  • 29-04-19

Amazing

Absolutely loving this series so far! It’s very well put together and you really do get immersed into the story. Highly recommended

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  • Mosstin Powers
  • 22-04-19

Outstanding

An horrific tale compellingly told. Free stones left unturned in the telling. The Astle family come across as incredibly stoical and proud people. A shame perhaps that Gordon Taylor's utter indifference to the Astle's story wasn't emphasised more. Brilliantly researched and written.

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  • Tomasz Wasilewicz
  • 18-02-21

Fascinating!

The topic, delivery and performance is just exquisite! Recommend a lot to anyone and everyone

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  • David Filce
  • 11-02-21

Amazing Story

Extremely well read, and of something I knew so little about. Fantastic listen. A must for all involved in sport

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  • Dinca Elena Cristina
  • 08-02-21

Amazing book

Amazing and emotional book, with very intriguing and fascinating information! The story is amazing and it catches the emotion and the feeling of an unspoken tragedy that we are preparing for our children every day!

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  • jens karrer
  • 31-01-21

we love soccer - need to know the brain effects

Jeff Astle - hero of West Brom has suffered brain damage. One assumes that heading the ball is not good for your health.
hopefully changes in rules to youth soccer and training come to avoid similar endings.

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  • Nina S.
  • 09-12-20

this could have been good

this could have been a good podcast (what an interesting topic!) but was completely ruined with the dramatic music and a load of pseudophilosophical jibberish that was absolutely unnecessary and was only making this sound cheap.

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  • Rachel S.
  • 29-10-20

Interesting and emotive.

Excellent explanations of a complex issue. Wonderfully narrated by the author with incredibly emotive interviews. Highlights the important topic of brain injury stemming from trauma. Interesting to anyone with a love of football or, like me, interested in brain trauma. Brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-19

Intense story

Intense. I had no idea about this. What's even worse was the kick back from people who wanted the research to be rescinded. Terrible.

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  • Pash Afaridan
  • 12-11-19

Eye opening. I'm loving documentary audiobooks

If your not into soccer then just work your way through the first 20 mins; but a very enjoyable book after that. The first 20 mins is still required to connect (emotionally) with the person and family, and what they had to go through.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-19

Worth a listen

Great. Emotional, eye opening and informative. If you love to play sport it's worth a listen. If you're interested in the brain or degenerative diseases this opens the door to CTE.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

valid, groundbreaking takes guts

i found this book compelling and challenging. we are the sum total of our brain

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  • the Chandlers
  • 10-07-19

fascinating, heart breaking, eye opening!

amazing story and intellectually satisfying as well. highly recommend for medics and sports fans (Or their families)

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  • Emma Peel
  • 14-03-20

Found this story so compelling I need to know more

It was equal in empathy and research. the interviews were balanced between both to give multiple aspects to frame the topic of CTE. well written, constructed and read. loved it

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  • AMM
  • 28-02-20

Excellent doco

I've told many people about this. Such a well paced written investigation. I'd love to listen to more work by this author. Really useful information.

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  • Clayts
  • 07-08-19

A brilliant listening Documentary.

Every human being should listen and heed this documentary.
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  • SG
  • 14-07-21

Avoid woke episode 3

Episodes 1,2 and 4 were actually very good, but episode 3 is a pretty obvious and tangential effort at wokeness. Having it in there just undermines the credibility of the whole narrative.

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  • Shona
  • 21-01-21

Insightful and beautifully told

An amazingly told story of the link between brain injury and dementia. Haunting and sad but Well worth the listen..