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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (9 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751557544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751557541
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alec on 3 Dec 2014
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There was too much attention given to 'dressing room politics' and what I was hoping for was that there would be more about the wonderful experiences and achievements of KP. Most of us get that there was friction between KP, Flower and some of the squad, but harping on about this has ruined what could have been a wonderful diary of the positives KP has experienced. However, still a good read for budding cricketers and sportsmen and women that being a superstar does not exempt you from the politics which sadly blights the sporting world, and as much as one needs to practice your skills, you also need to be able to negotiate your way politically.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on 14 Oct 2014
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You can see why the publishers wanted as much hype as possible before anyone had had a chance to read the book. "Poor me, poor me, I'm so talented, I'm so maligned. Life is so unfair. Leave me alone and let me win matches for you losers."

I'm a huge cricket fan and have loved watching KP bat over the years, but the tedium of this self-serving autobiography is as relentless as his whinging. We all know the revelations - don't bother reading the rest.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian L. on 14 Oct 2014
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Great cricketer, and would have been nice to hear more about the good times, and the great performances, rather than an essay and why I was badly done to, and why I am such a sulk, and oh England had the best period for generations, but actually everyone apart from me didn't have a clue and were rubbish.

Boring and self centered.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By kipperbear on 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'...how 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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This is a sad, bad book. I remember clearly how excited I was on learning that Kevin Pieterson was leaving South Africa to make his home here in the U.K. I knew something of his originality and brilliance and looked forward with great anticipation to his coming although I did puzzle over why he would want to leave South Africa . This book is a terrible and tragic conclusion to that endeavour. The book is a long list of people to blame for the fact that K.P. is not loved, respected, honoured, adored or appreciated; Flower, Strauss, Prior (especially), Cook, Moore, Swann, Broad plus many others, including just about everyone in the cricket establishment, are all responsible for this dark situation. If you do pick up a copy of the rant, before purchase, take a look at the short chapter 6 as that in particular will give you a flavour. For students of psychiatry, counselling or psychology the book is useful reference for something although I don't quite know what. The book is also not particularly well written and reads like a series of taped interviews that someone has then transcribed. The story jumps around, repeats itself and at times even contradicts itself. Well, I am sorry that I read it now and will try to put it from my mind and remember the K.P.that I found so exciting when he played as part of a TEAM,those dazzling strokes, the invention of the reverse sweep those testing deliveries. I will remember those. If K.P. had any expectation of playing for England again, this book doesn't help. If you read it, it will make you sad for a Lost Leader who may now never find his way back without considerable focussed professional help. But as he is blind to his REAL story, that is unlikely to happen. Give this book a miss if you either love or loathe K.P. I say again, very, very sad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Mckain on 6 Dec 2014
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Its a very disappointing book , way too much over hype on his own abilities , and nasty comments on former team mates , but it opened up exactly why there seemed to be so many issues behind closed doors
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Cakeboy on 10 Oct 2014
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It comes across as the biggest collection of whines that I think I've ever read. It's like Kevin the Teenager from Harry Enfield has written this - nothing is his fault, everyone is always out to get him and he spends the whole of his career looking for an ulterior motive in everything.

Obviously it has to be taken with a pinch of salt as it's all very one sided, but there are some bits of interest before the griping starts again. He's obviously got an agenda that he wants to pursue and I don't think this does him any favours at all. He comes out of the whole thing in a far worse light than the England team. It would've been nice to have some insight about his favourite bits of cricket, the decent innings he has played rather than a diatribe about anyone and everything that has wronged him.

It's a shame, there was the chance of a really decent and entertaining book here, but it just develops very quickly into a rant and a "woe is me" sob story
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