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My Autobiography [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Bill McLaren
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Book Description

5 Nov 2007
From his days growing up in Scotland to his harrowing experiences fighting in Italy during World War Two, Bill McLaren has always been in the thick of it. Used to being caught up in the most dramatic moments rugby has ever seen, McLaren relives the highlights of his illustrious career - and talks of the game today and his regrets that rugby went professional. He is a fierce critic of professional rugby, fearing for the future health and safety of rugby players as the modern game becomes increasingly dangerous. His story amounts to a history of the game itself and reaffirms McLaren's status as something of a global treasure.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiobooks (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856867390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856867399
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,295,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The familiar rugby stories are still there but the haunting chapters on the bloodiest of wars, his fight for life against TB, the last-ditch arrival of a miracle cure and the death of his beloved daughter Janie, constitute largely unchartered and painful territory - at least emotionally and in public - for the most private of men" (Daily Telegraph)

"It has plenty about the rugby world and his inherent sense of fairness but, even more pertinently, about the real, sometimes apocalyptic, world" (Sunday Herald)

"He has a remarkable story to tell ... it is in turn heart-warming and heart-rending. Bill McLaren was and is a one-off. So is his book" (Yorkshire Post)

"Bill McLaren, the legendary commentator, may have hung up his microphone, but moving words still flow" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Bill McLaren talks poignantly about his entire life, focusing on his 50 years as chief rugby commentator for the BBC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful and nostalgic read 23 Feb 2005
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I was given this book. Of course, I grew up listening to Bill's wonderful rugby commentary and the book brought childhood memories flooding back. But the story is something altogether more than a trip down memory lane with reflections on rugby greats. Bill's life has contained it's fair share of drama and tragedy. Weaved together with his love of the game and his professional life I found it an absolute pleasure to read. There is something wonderfully noble about how Bill tells his story and it's difficult not to be left with the feeling that we have lost something unique from our Saturday afternoons. If, as I am, you are a former rugby player you will also find his views on the modern game thought provoking.
I found the book a breath of fresh air. It puts a lot of things in perspective and reminds you of how rich a life can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The master 19 Oct 2009
Many people think they know Bill McLaren from his globally-recognised voice, but this book provides the real life story of the man from Hawick. It is a fascinating read and well written - a good tribute to the legendary commentator, journalist, teacher and all-round rugby ambassador.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lost Voice 1 Feb 2010
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It was a sad day when I heard that Bill McLaren had passed away and we would never hear that wonderful iconic voice again. Having spent my childhood listening to the commentary of Bill, especially during the Five nations (as it was when I was young), it is great to hear him speak of his life and how much pleasure he gained from the game and the people who surrounded him during his life. If like me you remember listening to Bill, doing what he did best, then this CD will bring back great memories and I cannot recommend it enough! Enjoy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 12 Nov 2013
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Despite being an Edinburgh man myself( not from the borders) I enjoyed this book. It is a comfortable read,even if you're not a big rugby fan, but it helps. I was brought up listening to Bill McLaren, and have always been a huge fan. I considered him to be one of the best and fairest commentators ever and I miss his melodic border tones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Mar 2013
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A great read for any rugby fan. Well written, you can hear Bills voice coming off the page. Very enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 2 Aug 2012
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Not always a fan of sporting biographies but this was quite simply fantastic reading. Bill weaved a story of his life which was both captivating and enthralling. His simplistic core values and love of the game was evident as was his love for his family. His daughters death and his thoughts and emotions around this were heart wrenching. His passion for the game and his views of the future of the game should be taken to heart and the game played to be enjoyed. Strongly recommended to all rugby enthusiasts indeed all who want to really get to know a Legend.
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