Sporting (auto)biographies can't usually be described as either a good read, or well-researched. But this one - even if you're not a cricketing enthusiast - stands out from the genre. It's an intelligent and entertaining account of the Indian and Lancashire wicket-keeping legend.
After a chance encounter at the Manchester Bridge Club, Farokh Engineer signed up a historian, John Cantrell, to tell his story. Cantrell's approach is meticulous, but never boring. He uses Farokh's own words - clearly italicised - without any pretence, as with ghost-written sports so-called autobiographies, that the narrator is the cricketer. Cantrell has taken care with the context, so that we find out a lot about life in India and the background to Farokh's career, as well as the sometimes shocking details of Indian cricketing politics.
The serious background stuff is peppered with Farokh's extraordinary tales of his life as a cricketer, though a little censorship appears to have taken place with some of the detail.