Garry Sobers: My Autobiography and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Garry Sobers: My Autobiog... has been added to your Basket
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK. Your order will be picked, packed and dispatched by Amazon. Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Garry Sobers: My Autobiography Paperback – 7 Apr 2003

3 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£3.99 £0.01
£8.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Garry Sobers: My Autobiography + Grovel!: The Story and Legacy of the Summer of 1976 + No Holding Back: The Autobiography
Price For All Three: £30.97

Buy the selected items together



Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755310071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755310074
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Amazon Review

Garry Sobers' autobiography reminds us just how wide-ranging were the achievements of this cricketing legend. At the age of 21 he scored 365 not out playing for the West Indies against Pakistan, which remains one of the great totems of sporting achievement--despite finally being surpassed in 1994, after 36 years, and he went on to establish himself as one of the most entertaining and successful all-rounders of all time--a phenomenal left-handed batsman who racked up a Test average approaching 60, in a career that spanned 20 years, and a multi-styled bowler who took over a thousand first-class wickets. Fortunately for British cricket fans, Sir Garry toured extensively as West Indies captain and played a substantial portion of his county-level cricket at Nottinghamshire, where he set another celebrated record--first man to hit six sixes in an over.

The ghost-writer, journalist Bob Harris, has collaborated on several decent sports biographies, and while it's impossible to be confident about how far the "voice" we are hearing captures the flavour of Sobers', this is a well-constructed, polished effort--backed up by Bill Frindall's statistical analysis of the Sobers record.

It's a book which is very strong on chronicling an extraordinary career and adding a degree of personal insight to the well-documented core material--though not quite in the bare-all category. Those looking for the dirt on Sobers' fairly well-documented boozing and gambling will be largely disappointed--something of a straight bat here, from the usually flamboyant player--but as well as inside reflections on the big games and great players, there are some revealing passages on the importance in his life of tragic friend and colleague Collie Smith, and a word or two on why this all-round sportsman, who represented Barbados internationally at cricket, football, table tennis and dominoes, would have swapped it all for the career of a pro golfer. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

The book is as entertaining as this great player was in his heyday (David Llewellyn, Independent)

Cricket fans will be reminded not only how irresistible he was as a cricketer, but also how his uninhibited and generous-spirited personality made him so easy to like and so difficult to forget (Edward Smith, Sunday Telegraph)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rupert H. W. Barnes on 30 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cricket, like many sporting autbiographies, do not strictly speaking exist as obviously these are ghost written by journlists. Cricket autobiographies are also formulaic - early life, my first test match, my battle with the authorities, great players I played with, modern players are good but not as good as the players of my generation and a chapter of what's wrong with the game today. Occasionally there is a discussion of various bits of scandal but usually to justify/explain/hit back at the critics.
Sobers autobiography is no exception. The only interesting parts are his anecdotes of colleagues and test matches he was involved in, and also those parts of his life that most people have forgotten - such as his ill advised trip to Zimbabwe in the early 1970s. However, it is quite easy to read so if you are an avid cricket fan who feels they must have an autobiography of arguably the best ever all rounder you won't be too disappointed, but you won't be too enlived either.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Jim on 15 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
disappointingly written
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wesley on 3 July 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not a bad read
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 1 review
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good autobiography. Could have been better!!! 5 April 2006
By Mr. S. Ghosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read the paperback version of "Gary Sobers: My Autobiography" by Sir Sobers a few weeks ago and I considered it a very good read indeed. Though it lacks:

1. The touch of excitement and mention of controversial issues as in Ian Botham's autobiography and,

2. The clear cut language and strong element of attack mixed with honesty in Imran Khan's first autobiography (a copy of the 1983 edition which I happen to possess);

"Gary Sobers: My Autobiography" by Gary Sobers is indeed a very good read. A very nice set of pictures is included with a lot for the Lara fans as well since Sobers dedicates one whole chapter on Lara exclusively. Personally, I rate it the 4th best autobiography I've ever read with the list as:

1. "Imran: The Autobiography of Imran Khan" by Imran Khan & Patrick Murphy, Pelham Books, 1983, First Edition --> excellent style and terrific criticisms.... a fearless book from a fearless fighter. Must read for all.

2. "Botham: My Autobiography" by Ian Botham & Peter Hayter. Another superb book.

3. "One Who Will: The Search for Steve Waugh" by Jack Egan, NOT an autobiography, but a very nicely compiled biography anyway.

4. "Gary Sobers: My Autobiography" by Gary Sobers.

I personally have never seen Sobers play since I wasn't born at that time when he was at his impeccable zenith, but my all time favorites being Imran and Botham; I consider them as the all-time best all-rounders in cricket history.

Subhasish Ghosh
5th April 2006

St. Cross College,
University of Oxford
Was this review helpful? Let us know

Look for similar items by category


Feedback