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Botham: My Autobiography [Paperback]

Ian Botham , Peter Hayter
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5 Jun 2000

A completely revised and updated edition of the bestselling autobiography of cricketing legend Ian Botham, including his first-hand insight into the 1999/2000 winter tour to South Africa.

Ian Botham’s bestselling autobiography is an intriguing cocktail of sex and drugs allegations, personal upheavals, confrontations with his peers, and remarkable achievements both on and off the field.

From his heroic deeds against the Aussies art Headingly in 1981 through to the dark clouds surrounding the court case with Imran Khan, from battling in the mud for Scunthorpe United FC to walking half the length of the country for Leukaemia Research, it’s all here in this unforgettable story of a truly larger-than-life character.

In an extra chapter for this revised edition, Botham digs deep to unravel the reasons behind the sorry state of English cricket, and provides a compulsive insight into the 1999/2000 winter tour to South Africa where England attempt to recover from a traumatic year under the new leadership of Nasser Hussain.

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  • 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 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The cricket book of the year’
The Times

‘Plenty of indiscretion, malice and comedy’
Daily Telegraph

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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cricket Bio 28 Oct 2002
I had this book sitting on my shelves for a number of years before I picked it up recently and absolutely churned through it.
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.
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By Kentspur VINE VOICE
This is a slick, ghost written set of apologies for Ian Botham's larger than life antics which certainly had me laughing.

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?
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I found giving this book a rating out of five difficult, due to the fact that the enjoyment of this book depends very much on what you have read previously. It is a little samey to the other autobiographies from cricketers of this era especially Viv Richards' account, although in my opinion Bothams' is far better. I would have liked a few more recolections of his on the field experiences, and less of the nonsence surrounding him. Definitely worth reading especially for a deeper insight into his charity walks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cricket book which entertains. 10 Mar 2005
This book is great fun, and you will enjoy it even if you are not a great cricket fan.
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!
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