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Summary

Ever wondered what it's like playing Test Cricket? 

What really goes on tour and beyond the boundary rope?

Here, for the first time, the world of a pro cricketer is revealed, and the man pulling back the dressing room curtains is one of England's greatest ever cricketers: James 'Jimmy' Anderson. 565 Test Wickets and counting.

Written with Felix White - musician, cricket enthusiast and Anderson's co-host on BBC Five Live's phenomenally popular podcast Tailenders - Jimmy invites us all into his world of cricket. Full of test-match sized stories and 20/20 anecdotes, this book contains everything you've dreamed of asking a top cricketer. And Jimmy provides the answers and insights into this world on and off the pitch. 

We tackle the big questions. And, importantly, the small ones:

Do cricketers really watch Countdown instead of the Test whilst waiting to bat? 

What are those conversations in the slip cordon?

And what does he eat as a tailender?

©2019 Jimmy Anderson (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

What listeners say about Jimmy Anderson: Bowl. Sleep. Repeat.

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Poor narration

only got to chapter 2 and returned book. The narration does not do Jimmy justice and completely fails to bring the dry sense of humour of the man across and instead makes him sound like a whining old man. If you're a big as fan of Jimmy as I am I would suggest reading the hardcopy.

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very entertaining

I disagree with some reviewers - I loved the narrator - he captured Jimmy very well - well written by Jimmy and Felix White - full of humour and facts. Very good listen - would recommend - go well 🌵

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Brilliant book.

Jimmy comes across so well in this book. Dedicated professional and gentleman. Really enjoyed it

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and bowling for the Sir James Anderson end

one of my all time favourite sportsman, the quiet man until the competitive edge takes over, arise Sir James

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I think James Anderson is great but......

the man who reads this makes James sound like an old man. Read the book

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Utterly amazing!!! I'm speechless 😍😍😍😍😍

It has blown my socks off , after the first few words I put it down and was like ' WOW'. The most prolific English bowler has made the most prolific book I've listened to EVER!!! Can't recommend this enough😘😘😘

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The Making of a Genius

An excellent book. Honest, insightful and well written. A glimpse into the soul of Jimmy, our world beating fast bowler. Interesting stories and reflections along with all that it took to make him the cricketing genius that he is. Don’t miss it.

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fairly uninspiring

not a great book by any stretch of the imagination fairly boring from start to finish

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Nice account from a great wicket taker

Really enjoyed this listen as a cricket fan it was a nice insight into the world of bowling rather than a batsman's perspective. Great honesty

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Really disappointing

Really disappointed by this - was like listening to Storytime on CBeebies. Have heard Jimmy in interviews and he is so much more eloquent than this and it doesn’t do him justice. I also thought the verbatim extracts from other players autobiographies was unnecessary and lazy journalism.