'A cracking book, an innings of heedless strokes that fly to all parts of the field. Battle is declared from the outset, with the media and the England and Wales Cricket Board cast as foul contagions. "I know that I may have come across...as dour, inscrutable, miserable" he says, "but these were more often than not characteristics brought on by the people I was dealing with."... Fletcher -- astute, myopic, generous and vain -- is on full display. Here is brilliant technical analysis and wretched diplomacy, stubborn loyalty and a vacuum of courage over the decision to prefer Flintoff to Strauss as captain' Will Cohu, Sports Books of the Year Daily Telegraph 24/11 'If you buy just one book this Christmas, make it one from our list of the best reads of the year...SPORT - Behind the Shades by Duncan Fletcher. A quiet, diplomatic, wary and sensitive man, Duncan Fletcher's years as England cricket coach might lead you to expect a dull autobiography, but this is anything but. Quite simply, it is the sports book of the year - hard-hitting, fearless, and revelatory... A must-read' Daily Mail 30/11 'The recently deposed cricket coach Duncan Fletcher, also found its way into the headlines for its reflections on Flintoff's captaincy... Fletcher, though he has scores to settle, has much to say that's illuminating about modern cricket' Independent Christmas Books Special 30/11 'Fletcher was famously reticent during his highly successful role as England cricket coach from 1999 until this year, one reason why he had little rapport with the media. Now he has abandoned all such restraint, producing one of the most forthright cricket books of recent years... But Fletcher's book is about so much more than headline-grabbing controversy. He is also brilliant at analysing the techniques and temperaments of the England players under his charge, such as the anxiety of the highly strung Mark Ramprakash before going in to bat in a Test' Sunday Telegraph, Christmas Books Sport 2/12 'Read Behind The Shades as an example of how it is character, rather than lack of knowledge, that so often defeats us' Sport Read of the Year, David Hopps, Guardian 6/12 'Also recommended' Sport Read of the Year, Paul Weaver, Guardian 6/12 Sport Read of the Year, Mike Selvey, Guardian 6/12 'For such a reticent man finally to go into print, England cricket fans will be pleased to know that the result was worth waiting for' Scottish Daily Express 20/12 'His autobiography was worth the wait. This is a top-to-bottom run-down of his life in cricket, with nothing and no one spared' Wisden Cricketer, July issue
About the Author
Duncan Fletcher was England coach from 1999 to 2007. He guided the side to a hig point of second in the world rankings, as well as masterminding the 2005 Ashes victory. He lives in South Africa.