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Line and Strength: The Complete Story by Glenn McGrath and Daniel Lane

Line and Strength: The Complete Story by Glenn McGrath and Daniel Lane [Kindle Edition]

Glenn McGrath
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; 1st edition (24 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDWF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than cricket 7 Sep 2010
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
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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4.0 out of 5 stars great sad story 2 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn McGrath Line and Strength 7 July 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 19 Feb 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 hours ago by Geoffrey Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great birthday present for my cricket mad husband.
Published 19 days ago by Mrs C A Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Metronomically Good
Glenn McGrath is my all-time cricket hero, greatest pace bowler in my opinion and the main reason I root for the Australian Cricket Team (even though I am a Pom). Read more
Published 13 months ago by nhughes25
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargin
Fantastic cricketer and a superb book. Didn't know what to expect but a superb book that I couldn't put down.
Published 20 months ago by J P Sowter
5.0 out of 5 stars Scourge of the Rest of the World's batsmen
To read this enabled me to see again Glenn McGrath bowl on an Oval pitch against a mesmerised England middle order
Published 20 months ago by Duntaxin
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
A truly brilliant man. Glen McGrath deserves every bit of respect he is granted. Within these brilliant pages you will find not only his amazing story of how he reached his dream... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ieuan Joseph Gualdino Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars So much strength
I loved this book from start to finish. Glenn and Jane McGrath = inspirational. It's an amazing account of what must have been truly difficult. Read more
Published 21 months ago by cazzy
4.0 out of 5 stars A real life story
Glenn McGrath is one of, if not THE finest pace bowler in cricket history. The book charts his rise from outback cricket to the world dominating Australian side. Read more
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