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Beefy's Cricket Tales: My Favourite Stories from on and Off the Field [Hardcover]

Ian Botham
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Book Description

10 Oct 2013
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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849838003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849838009
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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 Three Stars 4 July 2014
By Claire
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I brought this gift for my nanna as a christmas present and she likes this book
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Mar 2014
By 8davies
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Bought this for my Dad as he is cricket mad bless him & he found it to be an enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beef's book 23 Feb 2014
By barb
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This book was a good price arrived quickly. It's an amusing read of stories in and around cricket. Good old Beefy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read in these weather conditions 15 Feb 2014
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I am a massive cricket fan. Have been a big fan of Ian Botham from the start of his career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beefy's Cricket Tales: My Favourite Stories..... 13 Feb 2014
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This was purchased as Christmas present for a member of my family. I do not know a lot about cricket but saw Ian Botham talking about his book and TV and thought it would appeal to this particular person and who seemed to appreciate it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Book 8 Jan 2014
By Chef
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Didnt enjoy this at all it really was Dull and Pointless,Shame really because you expect more from the great man.
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