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Beefy's Cricket Tales: My Favourite Stories from On and Off the Field [Kindle Edition]

Ian Botham
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Life is very rarely dull or quiet when Sir Ian Botham is around. One of Britain's greatest sportsmen, 'Beefy' has always worked hard and played hard, and this book reflects that. Botham has compiled some of his favourite stories from a life devoted to cricket and brought them all together in one volume. With the help of his huge network of friends, colleagues, team-mates and opponents, he has put together a wonderful collection of the best and the funniest stories from the cricket world.
Featuring contributions from legends such as Shane Warne, fellow commentators and former team-mates including David Gower, and many of the current England team, this is a book the reader can pick up and immediately be privy to some of cricket's strangest and most hilarious moments, from the player who turned up to a game without any clothes on to avoid being fined for wearing the wrong kit to the cricketing legend whose desire for a burger landed him in hot water.

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'[A] collection of anecdotes from the meatiest, graviest, two-veggiest ex-allrounder around…there's enough new stuff in here to make it well worthwhile' --All Out Cricket

About the Author

Sir Ian Botham is widely regarded as England's greatest living cricketer, winning 102 caps and taking a record 383 Test wickets. Since retiring from the game, he has become a much-loved commentator for Sky Sports and he has raised millions of pounds for charity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849838003
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for cricket fans 1 Nov. 2013
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Ian Botham always seemed to be a bit of a comedian to me anyway, but in this book of his, he proves it.

This book features about 50 guest contributors, all cricketers past or present, who tell their amusing stories. For each guest, Botham starts with a piece basically saying how good they were at playing cricket and what fun they were to be with. The guest then tells whatever story they choose to tell (occasionally more than one). Some of the stories are about what happened on the pitch (Gooch reminisces about handling the ball), some are about what happened in the dressing room (one unfortunate cricketer wasn't ready when he was needed after wickets fell quickly; he was actually stark naked) and some are about episodes that happened away from play (such as when Botham almost ate elephant dung).

This is obviously not a book to take too seriously, but it is great to dip in and out of when you need a laugh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beefy's cricketing tales. 2 Jan. 2014
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This was purchased for my second cricket mad grandson. Likewise I also read it before handing it on. A touch disappointed withy the content. but there again you cannot win them all. Not a patch on Gowers Endangered Species! Idle so and so my grandson has not as yet opened it. Oh well onwards and upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beefy tales 9 Jun. 2014
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loved the book. has many anecdotes and funny stories of England cricketers past and present. some stories have heard before but reading the book makes you wonder what goes on when professional sportsmen get together. some players I had forgotten about that have played for England were quoted so nice to read some of their experiences in the national shirt.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS HIS PAST BOOKS 2 Jan. 2014
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Sorry, but some of the stories are very good but others are, in my view, only remotely funny. Sorry Sir Beefy !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Lover 1 Jan. 2014
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Not the best cricket book I've ever read, but not the worst either. Some of the stories are excellent and others aren't all that good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars most amusing 13 Dec. 2013
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A bundling a laughs with a lot of men behaving childishly and apparently they still are. Gotham was as entertaining off the field as on. Gareth Jones Dorking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarns 9 Dec. 2013
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Well, not quite Ripping Yarns, but some good ones. Nothing very new here, just a bit of fun from dressing-rooms over the years, but a pleasant read. Each is preceded by a page from Ian Botham himself, about the player in question, and in some ways it is what I like best about the book, because each one shows Beefy's genuine generosity towards other people. Whether you are rich, famous or just an ordinary person, you get the impression that it really doesn't matter to Ian Botham. Not many people with his ridiculous amount of talent are generous towards mere mortals, but Botham is. And, of course, many of those features in this book are themselves people who play, or have played, the game at the very highest levels. Read as a dip-into book, rather than a read-straight-through-book, because the latter course becomes too 'samey', it is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 4 Dec. 2013
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Some very funny stories, a few mundane stories but all in all well worth a read. Be warned though these are stories from Beefy's friends and colleagues over the years, there are few stories from Beefy himself but don't let that put you off.
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