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KP: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Kevin Pietersen MBE
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9 Oct 2014

The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket.

Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February of this year, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier. The decision puzzled many observers - although the England team had failed miserably in the Ashes tour of 2013-14, Kevin was the tourists' leading run scorer across the series, and he remains the country's highest run scorer of all time across all formats of the game.

This autumn Kevin will reveal all in his autobiography, telling the stories behind the many other highs and lows of his incredible career. Giving readers the full story of his life, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket, this will be an autobiography that entertains and fascinates readers in equal measure.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751557544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751557541
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The long-awaited autobiography of England's most colourful cricketer.

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Kevin Peter Pietersen is a 34 year-old professional cricketer, and the highest England run scorer in all international forms of the game combined.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Enough already! 12 Oct 2014
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Let's get this straight: the key lesson to be learned from Pietersen's career and this account of it is that, regardless of any regulatory technicalities, incorporating any player who has grown up and learned his cricket abroad in an international team always promises to be fraught with risk. Elevating such an individual to the captaincy might then be seen as a "double or bust" strategy. On this occasion, everybody lost - and yet, for a while anyway, the England team prospered.

I have little doubt that the factual bones of Pietersen's tale are substantially accurate (which is not to accept all his perceptions of them) but, ultimately, he has failed to convince me that I ought to care. This is a question not of who was more sinned against and who more sinning but, as far as I can tell, the story of a complete temperamental and cultural mismatch. Pietersen scored a minor mountain of runs for England but it is less clear how greatly he enhanced the side's strength as a unit: little evidence for the view that he did emerges from this sorry saga, and it is disappointing that he has missed the opportunity to present any. There is almost nothing in this volume for cricket lovers to get their teeth into.

The back cover of this book says "... All I ask is that you read it. Then you can judge." Well, I read it - and my judgement is that the best course now is to give it to a charity shop so that someone else may do the same. It really is time for all concerned to move on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gutted, no mention of crisps.... 24 Oct 2014
Imagine my disappointment when I opened this book to find that it was about some bloke called Kevin Pieterson and not my favourite crisp manufacturer, now sadly demised and meaningless after a bitter and protracted battle for the top spot.
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He is clearly a narcissistic, selfish, money grasping, spoilt performer. A very strong leader would have been able to tame him, but none were up to it. In their own way Ray Illingworth or Mike Brearley would have done it.

His quixotic wish to duck the grind of normality is no more nor less than opera stars achieve. But cricket is more of a team event than opera where the star can shine even brighter if surrounded by indifferent support cast.

I stopped reading half way through and liked him much less than I had at the start. I wish he was still batting for England though.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was it all really so miserable? 13 Oct 2014
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What a shame that such brilliance, such talent, had to end this way. Notable for its sheer spitefulness & raw hatred towards the ECB in general & Andy Flower & Matt Prior in particular, this book tarnishes not just the "golden era" of English cricket, as Alastair Cook put it, but Pietersen himself.

The narrative jumps repeatedly between a succession of bitter falling outs, scatterbrain self-analysis & gushing affection for the IPL. Pietersen appears consumed with doubts and a lack of self-belief throughout - ironic given the way he batted. As Jonathan Agnew stated, the book is "joyless"; inevitable, given the remarkable achievements of KP at the crease are referred to only in brief and fleeting moments. The tone is almost completely negative, despite KP himself tweeting recently that he "loved playing for England, despite a few bad days". It is sad that more space was not reserved for his great innings.

The invective reserved for Matt Prior has to be read to be believed. If the divisions ran this deep, it is hard to see how they were disguised so effectively. The tiresome rants against Andy Flower "The Mood Hoover" quickly become repetitive & seem to focus on only one aspect of his personality - his dourness. Surely a man who helped rebuild the England set up from the rock bottom of 51 all out Antigua 2009, to winning 3 Ashes in 4 years, a World T20 & becoming World Number 1 in all formats deserves better.

Pietersen claims he and his wife shun the limelight and for the last few years this may be true. However his request to return home from a tour of the West Indies to be with his wife who was appearing on "Dancing on Ice" seems to contradict this.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 13 Oct 2014
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It is rare that I feel compelled to write a review for anything but I would really not like to see other people waste their money in the same way that I have on this drivel.

The tone is defensive throughout, with KP telling us how he has been wronged on pretty much every occasion where he has made the headlines. If you believe his version, his team mates, his opponents, his coaching staff, the ECB, pretty much the entire world were out to get him....all the time. The narrative continually comes back to familiar ground, whinging about his isolation, being bullied by team mates, the demands of being away from home hitting a ball with a stick a few times a week (how the heart bleeds) and his constant lack of support from Andy Flower, given the nickname the 'mood hoover' my sides split at that one.

The best (or worst) moment for me was when he left the world cup injured with a hernia and then feels it is perfectly fine to be out on the town with his drinking buddies a few days before his operation!

I came to this book with an open mind, looking forward to hearing Pietersen's story, pretty much doing what he asks on the back. I left wondering how this self-absorbed, over paid, cry baby managed to stay in the game as long as he did if it was this bad.

Do yourself a favour and avoid like the plague.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holds nothing back
KP never holds back. He really goes for Andy Flower throughout and Mat Prior a fair bit. Whatever you think about KP this is a very good book. Read more
Published 42 minutes ago by Phil Gillborn
2.0 out of 5 stars Bile Fest!
One of the easiest books I've ever read but also one of the hardest. A couple of the chapters were really interesting but I've forgotten what they were having been overcome by the... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Rob Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read. You never know what goes on ...
An interesting read. You never know what goes on behind the scenes. If this has happened the ECB should be ashamed of themselves
Published 7 hours ago by deeva
2.0 out of 5 stars Bats quickly, writes slowly!
Good to read his side of the stories but not exactly a quality read!
Published 9 hours ago by J
1.0 out of 5 stars Most self opinionated autobiography I have read.
Most self opinionated autobiography I have read. (Correction half read with selected later chapters) Could not stomach reading it all
Published 1 day ago by Arfon Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin plays this like he played cricket.
KP is a pleasure to get to know thru this down to earth book.
I believe every word of it because English cricket has been run by morons for the last 50 years
Published 1 day ago by Brian Kettle
5.0 out of 5 stars #KP24
What an insight into the goings on behind the scenes away from the cameras and how it played out. The book makes sense of things that happened over the years and were as usual... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Andyt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book!
Published 2 days ago by James Tadd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 2 days ago by Rita Kendall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
seemed a bit repetative and bitter
Published 3 days ago by H Clayton
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