Mysterious sporting form

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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11th August, 2011
Depression, wrote the novelist William Styron in his memoir Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, is so “elusive in the way it becomes known to the self … as to verge close on being beyond description”. Without wishing to trivialise depressive illness, this description could also be applied to that mysterious sporting ­commodity we call form. Form is constantly invoked but often without context or qualification, as if it speaks for itself, even though it clearly means different things to different people. It’s used specifically and sweepingly, sometimes in the same breath. The ...

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