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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press; 1st edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224082876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224082877
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His is a great story... Through perseverance and self-belief he became one of the great bowlers" (Steve Waugh)

"McGrath’s story is told exceptionally well by Daniel Lane in this intriguing biography... It is a must-read for any cricket-lover" (Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians)

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The autobiography of one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, the man generations of England batsmen feared most of all...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 7 Sep 2010
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Glenn McGrath is the most prolific fast bowler in the history of test cricket and from a shy, country boy to a leading member of the all-conquering Australian from the mid 1990s to mid 2000s, his cricketing story is a fascinating one. It's told with humour and humility and reflects McGrath's love of the game, his intelligent cricketing brain, his will to win and the comradeship he felt with his fellow players. However, it's much more than that. He speaks candidly about his wife's struggles against cancer and their determination to support each other and to use their public status to raise money to fund specialist nurses across Australia. Their commitment to each other, their children and fellow sufferers shines through and is a wonderful example of celebrity status being used for a greater good. Although the book was written prior to Jane's death, a postscript deals with this and speaks warmly of her life and Glenn's desire that their children remember her with love and happiness. This isn't really an autobiography; it's narrated by McGrath's co-writer, but this allows contributions from many cricketers, coaches, friends and supporters to be woven in smoothly. A highly recommended read.
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Nice book to read but with a sad story within,well worth a read,great bowler with a great story ,go get
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There is no doubting Glenn McGrath's cricketing prowess and ability as
one of the best opening bowlers in the world. He is celebrated the world
over and most importantly, by his peers and his family.

Despite this memoir being a few years on from publication, it still holds
relevance as a story of a man with an ambition, living in a farming community
who later reached his dream of playing cricket for Australia. It was not about
the money or the fame, bowling was what he could and loved to do.

Anecdotes and insights into the man are many. My particular favourites were
those about his shyness at school, which led to him leaving early to avoid
any public speaking. This is ironic, considering the fact that I bought this
book because of his great radio commentary during the last Ashes series. Now
speaking to an audience of millions, is a huge leap from stage fright at school.

He loves reading, has been compared to Crocodile Dundee and lived in a caravan
for thirteen months to save money when he first moved to Sidney. I can't imagine
what it would have been like for him to play cricket on a food budget that forced
him to eat a Mars bar for dinner. I was touched at the thought that he gave his
mother a team autographed bat to contribute towards the cost of her flight to
Perth to watch his first State game.

The background to his meeting his wife Jane is endearing and human, especially
since initially she thought she wasn't the only women in his life. A brave women
to visit him without knowing anything of a professional cricketers lifestyle and
braver still when she took on a battle with cancer.
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Glenn McGrath is one of the gods of cricket. Most cricket lovers already knew that. But this book takes us on a journey in to the mindset of the greatest fast bowler of the past twenty years. What was really fascinating is the early years. The pages that describe the young Glenn, practicing the art of swing bowling, all by himself under the heat of the Australian sun is worthy of a Baz Luhrman movie.

The story of Glenn McGrath is brilliantly narrated by Daniel Lane. It becomes an inspiring portrait of a shy boy who was determined to make a mark on this world with an obsessive work ethic. Lane writes:

"Glenn McGrath, the boy who couldn't bowl. But the boy learned to bowl, improving his accuracy during his lonely training sessions, never bothering to tell anyone...that the reason he spent those hours finetuning his style was that he knew one day he'd play for Australia. It was as certain for him as the fact that the sunrise would bring the promise of even more back-breaking labour. His long hours were inspired by some words of wisdom the South African golfer Gary Player once offered a supporter who wished he could hit the ball like Player. 'Go hit a thousand balls a day and you will,' was the champion's reply."

There are many passages like these that concurrently evoke the golden age of Australian cricket. McGrath's rise and dominance as a genius of fast bowling mirror the lives of the other great Australian cricketers from 1990 to 2007. This book covers McGrath's relationships with the likes of the Waugh Brothers, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and the men who formed the "Fast Bowlers' Cartel"

If you love cricket, you don't have to be an Australian to find this book a real inspiration.
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Great book for though's who love sports biographies amazing from start to finish. Just when you thought you knew what made Pigeon tick he turns the world upside down.
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I always liked McGrath as a cricketer- hard nosed, aggressive, superb bowler- but hated the fact he was Australian because he was always taking English wickets! His media persona was always that of a spiky stereotypical Aussie but this book reveals his non cricketing side. I knew about his wife's illness but did not realise how long they both went through the ordeals cancer puts you through. A non typical sports biography because other, far more important, aspects of his life dominate the book. For him and his family I wish it had been more straight forward and less painful. I held McGrath in high esteem as a cricketer. This book makes you realise how great a man he is as well. A raw and honest account of facing adversity.
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