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Geoffrey Boycott on Cricket [Hardcover]

Geoff Boycott
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Jun 1999
Geoff Boycott is one of cricket's most outspoken voices, his trenchant view expressed on TV, radio and in the press. He speaks with the authority of a man who has been at the heart and top of the game for over 30 years. In this book, he brings his insight to cricket's big issues and talking points.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New edition edition (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091853761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091853761
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love or loathe Geoffrey Boycott, the man at least never fails to make an impression. His new book, Geoffrey Boycott on Cricket, chronicles his side of the scrapes resulting from his uncompromising manner. Fred Trueman? "He saved his energies for anti-Boycott outbursts. He must have been jealous of my popularity." Ray Illingworth--"As Yorkshire manager his interest was purely in operating as a dictator." Brian Close--"He made lots of wrong assumptions about me. There was an underlying threat of violence." He refers to THAT woman Margaret Moore early on in the book, but only in the contest of criticising Sir Len Hutton's son for airing his views on the French court case in a cricket editorial. He fell out with Henry Blofeld--it's a wonder they ever got along--for refusing to give an affidavit in Boycott's defence after saying he would do. Ian Botham, the International Cricket Council, even the mighty Sun newspaper: none is too great to be spared Boycott's wrath. The one inconsistency was his opposition to the mercenary Packer rebels in 1977, set against his own willingness to tour South Africa for "purely financial reasons" five years later. But you only had to listen to Boycott the pundit and commentator to know he speaks sense when it comes to cricket and his love of the game shines through. "I would exchange the rest of my life for five more years of playing for Yorkshire and England." If only the current crop shared his hunger.

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By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
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It may come as a surprise to those who only know him from TV, but Boycott writes very well indeed. Unlike most former players turned authors, he doesn't need a ghost author because his written English is of a really high standard, very readable and clear but intelligent ansd thoughtful but still retaining a flavour of the author. Also, once you get into Boycott's character you'll realise that 'hiding behind' a ghost writer is not what Geoffrey is about - he'd want you to hear what he has to say from his own pen. The book is basically a series of essays on his own controversial public persona and the state of the game - as a result it is quite academic and dry to read, not least because it's basically negative in tone: Geoffrey is highlighting the faults with the management of the game domestically and internationally.

The usual anti-Boycott brigade will have already dismissed this book after that opening paragraph as just another forum for the self justification and narrow minded views of cricket's greatest bighead. But Geoffrey does an excellent and even handed job of deconstructing every prejudice and inaccurate caricature of him. In the end those who like to write Geoffrey off based on lazy, tabloidy, apocryphal stories about him simply can't refute the logical and utterly honest defence he puts forward. Popular notions that he was selfish, afraid of fast bowling, greedy and conniving are all very comprehensively disproved with clinical argument and factual evidence. Boycott would make a great barrister. If you don't want to take Boycott's own word for it, then I suggest you read the autobiographies of the previous four England captains: Gooch, Atherton, Stewart and Hussain...
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5.0 out of 5 stars cricket legend 19 Jan 2014
By alice
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brilliant book, a good read very informative, typical Geoffrey boycott tells the truth I doesn't wrap it up, although at lot of people don't like his straight talking he says it as he sees it,
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5.0 out of 5 stars boycs 29 July 2014
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great book by the great man.
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