Voted the greatest English cricketer of the 20th century by the fans, Sir Ian Botham is the English game's one true living legend, and his story, both on and off the pitch, reads like a Boy's Own rollercoaster ride.
Born with a natural genius for the game, Botham began breaking records with bat and ball from a young age and soon became the man English cricket expected most from. After a troubled period as captain, Botham rose once again to become a national hero with his display in the Miracle Ashes of 1981. But, with his confrontational nature and wild streak, he began regularly making the wrong kind of headlines. With accusations of drink and drugs, affairs and ball-tampering, he became hounded by the tabloid pack, never sure whether they wanted him to triumph or implode.
Now a Knight and just as famous for his tireless charity work, Beefy gives us the definitive story of his never-dull life and times in his own no-nonsense words.
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i am a big cricket follower and as i was at his 1st test plus many of his others, both in the UK and abroad. but i found his story hard to take with many blowhard story lines. not one of my better reads. so i will leave it at that
Sir Ian is not one to hold back and if often forthright with his opinions. This breaks down some of the background into what shaped him into the man he is today and gives the reader a real sense of the legendary cricketer both at home and in life - neither of which have any flies on him! I particularly enjoyed his chapters on what drives him to do so much charity work and the openness about his private life.
Reading/Listening to a book about one of your sporting heroes is often a daunting task, but this one is very very good. It tells you a lot you knew about Both and a lot you may not have known.
Typical of the man,he pulls no punches whatsoever in this book.
An excellent warts-n-all look at a brilliant cricketer.
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