- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Willow; New edition (Reissue) edition (5 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002189593
- ISBN-13: 978-0002189590
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.7 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Botham: My Autobiography Paperback – 5 Jun 2000
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‘The cricket book of the year’
‘Plenty of indiscretion, malice and comedy’
From the Back Cover
Ian Botham's bestselling autobiography is an explosive blend of sex and drug allegations, personal upheavals, confrontations with peers and remarkable record-breaking feats. Voted favourite cricketer of the 20th century in a recent survey, Botham's outstanding contribution to the game, both as a player and an outspoken commentator for Sky television, makes for compelling reading.
In this fully revised and updated edition, Botham laments the continued decline of English cricket while putting forward his argument for a change in the selectorial process. Away from the game, he writes about his most recent charity walk for Leukaemia Research and where he sees his long-term future.
'Plenty of indiscretion, malice and comedy'
'Catches the authentic flavour of the man'
'The juggernaut of sports autobiographies'
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Top Customer Reviews
Let's be clear, Botham is the best cricketer England has produced since the War, maybe before that too, I don't know. His charity walks are fantastic and the guy deserves a knighthood, but oh how he lacks self-control.
A fairly standard chug through his early years is followed by some tortuous prose about the various 'controversies' including the discovery of cannabis in a raid on his home and the libel action he took out against Imran Khan.
The stuff about the cannabis is laugh out loud. How he took it from someone because it would be rude not to and then forgot to get rid of it. Yeah right. This ranks with the 'I never take drugs' statement that led to his abortive attempt to sue the Mail. When it became clear that he was lying, he was obliged to take part in a long, front page piece of grovelling which, credit where credit is due, is printed in full.
In his dealing with the South Africans, Botham shows himself to be, well, a bit thick. He gets all outraged when one of the SA negotiators says that Viv Richards could go to SA and 'be an honorary white man' but this is after he has flown in his own team of negotiators in to get his best price for defection. Not surprised Geoffrey Boycott had a pop; at least he was upfront about wanting the cash.
The whole book is a eulogy to his long-suffering wife Kath, but, really, you don't get to hear what she was really upset by. Him shutting her out or other stuff.
It's fun. He is a naughty schoolboy, getting into scrapes (like twisting the head of an airline passenger who had the temerity to complain about language - like lamping a policeman who was not doing what he wanted on a walk) and, generally, getting out of them.
Not the most cerebral work, but it's Ian Botham. What do you expect?
Why did I wait so long?
Botham writes candidly about his life, both on and off the pitch - of the great highs and considerable lows.
Botham lives/d life to the full.
His cricket exploits were simply incredible.
What was even more surprising was the quality of this autobio. It reads fantastically well. All the major issues of his life are examined, and Botham writes candidly about these moments with refreshing clarity, truth and depth.
It's great to read a sporting bio that achieves all this. So many sporting bios are simply merchandsing tie ins. However, 'Botham' is one of the few cricket bios that stand alone as cricket history, but also a terrific bio of a true individual.
Yes, Botham is a character (no one is perfect), but he would not be Botham otherwise would he? For me, an entertaining and enjoyable read!
Botham is not afraid to be controversial. Even his close pals get some severe criticism from time to time - this makes a real change from many ex-cricketers who don't want to offend their chums.
And when Beefy starts to lose his argument a little bit, he uses variations on the same line to justify himself all through the book. "And a lot of other people I know feel the same way" will soon become part of your vocabulary after reading this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for a waiter in a hotel we visit in Sri Lanka, Sir Ian Botham is his hero, as it turned out the waiter walked with his hero in a charity walk a week later and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maureen
I recently read "Botham: My Autobiography" and wish to demarcate a few vital points for all reviewers wanting to buy the book for personal perusal; keeping in mind the following... Read morePublished on 1 April 2006 by Mr. S. Ghosh
Only the most ardent Botham supporters would find this a wonderful book. But even they would be short changed as Botham's hypocrisy shines through - which sadly only serves to... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2004