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Phil Tufnell: The Autobiography: Get Me Out of Here!: What Now? - The Autobiography [Paperback]

Phil Tufnell , Peter Hayter
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16 Jun 2003

The enfant terrible of English cricket reveals the incidents in his career, both on and off the field, which have ensured that he has been headline front page as well as back page news.

The ‘Cat’ has never been far from controversy. As a youth he was thrown out of both public and comprehensive school; his first mariage – to an ex-prostitute – ended in violence, and the father of a former girlfriend once hit him over the head with a brick; there have been bust-ups with officialdom on and off the pitch; and Tufnell has been the subject of numerous drugs allegations, especially on the 1996/97 England tour of New Zealand.

But when the force is with him, as it was when he spun England to victory over Australia at The Oval in the final Ashes Test of the summer series of 1997, Tufnell is capable of the kind of cricketing excellence which unites all in admiration of his talent.

In a new chapter for this paperback edition, Tufnell describes his joy at being recalled to the England fold, a personal highlight which was tempered by the team’s humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the summer. Also included is his account of the winter tour to South Africa where the team hope to restore some much needed pride.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; (Reissue) edition (16 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002188171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002188173
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The tale of the game’s unlikeliest bearer of three initials is assuredly no ordinary autobiography”
Wisden Cricket Monthly

“a book not to be missed at any price”
Citizen Sport

“highly commended”
The Cricketer

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No English bowler in the nineties has been able to turn a game on its head like Phil Tufnell; and no modern cricketer has so infuriated the authorities and courted controversy in a career that has often teetered on the brink of ruin. ‘Phil is a great bowler – and a complete dickhead,’ according to one Middlesex and England colleague; while a former West Indies Test batsman called him ‘an oik of the worst sort’.

The critics might have lambasted Tufnell, the country’s leading left-arm spinner, for his performances on the 1997/98 West Indies tour. But when the force is with him, as it was when he spun England to victory over Australia in the final Ashes Test of the 1997 summer series, ‘The Cat’ is capable of the kind of cricketing excellence which unites all in admiration of his talent.

In his autobiography, Tufnell charts his extraordinarily complex life and provides a fascinating insight into what makes him tick. He tells the full story of his expulsion from not one but two schools and the wild days of birds and booze that he freely admits could have killed him. He reflects on a tumultuous career in cricket that reads like a television soap opera: fined for a late night binge on his first overseas cricket tour; punished for swearing at an umpire in India; admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Perth after throwing tantrums in his hotel room; accused of smoking cannabis in a Christchurch wine bar lavatory; and more recently his failure to take a drugs test during an end of season county match for Middlesex.

He discusses in full detail his relationships, including that with a former girlfriend which ended in violence and despair, and the calming influence of his second wife Lisa and the shock of almost losing her and their daughter during a pregnancy.

A day in the life of Phil Tufnell never passes without incident, whether on or off the field. his is a human story as much as a cricket story, brought to life in this colourful and compelling book.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I ordered this book late tuesday night, it arrived friday (yesterday) morning. I was out all day watching Notts play Derbyshire so wasn't aware it had arrived. I started reading at 9.45pm and soon realised that this was a book I couldn't put down. The fact that my eyes were involuntarily shutting and I kept dropping the book convinced me to go to sleep some time after midnight. I picked up the book on waking, had a short break to eat some breakfast, forewent the prospect of watching England being hammered by Australia and sat outside with the book. I finished it at ten to one. I obviouly can't pretend to know PCRT at all but he seems like a pretty amusing bloke. I first thought this after reading and enjoying Postcards from the beach... Much of the book charts pretty unsavoury behaviour, the sort you come across and despise, but what won me over was that he doesn't make excuses. He was badly behaved before and after his mum's death. His description of his mum's death and nearly losing Lisa and Poppy caused me to hold my breath til the pages were turned. It does seem to turn out well towards the end of the book, he seems to become quite a nice bloke. It's an excellent book, filled with admirable honesty, much like Stephen Fry's autobiography. And inbetween the anger, frustration and general unpleasant behaviour it's a damn funny, detailed yarn, that you don't get in newspapers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest sports autobiography 2 May 2003
Most sports books follow a similar pattern. They are pretty dull recycling of famous games. If the author has done something wrong, there's pages of self justifying nonsense.
This book is however totally different. It is ; I think ; completely honest. Tuffers tells it like it is, and if in doing so he shows himself in a bad light, then so be it.
It's also entertaining ; amusing ; and sad in places. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real insight to a talented but troubled man 29 Dec 1999
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This book is very much to do with Tufnell the man. His candid acceptance of the fact that he can be a complete prat on ocassion is interwoven fairly seamlessly with cricket anecdotes and contemporary stories. Its also very funny in places, not least of all when he makes jokes at his own expense. "lend me your brain, Tufnell, I'm building an idiot" is a memorable gag and he agrees. The story is written very much from his own perspective and hopefully is true in every respect. If it is, it commands sympathy for the way he has been dumped on by certain individuals, not least his second wife,who won't let him see his daughter. It would be interesting to read her story too and to figure out the truth from that. Also, his difficulty with Illingworth also shines through and this was a period of cricket history that most cricket fans would like to forget. If you are a cricket fan, this book is a blinder. I knew nothing of Tufnell when I started it and I feel like I know him pretty well now. And I guess that was what the book intended to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Phil Tufnell has been one of the most charismatic and controversial cricketers of the 1990s. From his humble beginnings he tells of how he worked his way up to become criticised by his peers and loved by his fans. Anyone who has seen him play will have heard the cry of "Super Phil Tufnell" ring out every time he got the ball in his hand or came out to bat at number 11. One of England's most gifted spinners of the decade reveals all in a completely open and honest fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bought this book ...and couldn't put it down really enjoyable. A complex life tale about a complex individual but in many ways he lived his life the way many others of us wish they could. At times you love him..hate him..feel sorry for him...puts you through alot of emotions. he holds nothing back and tells it exactly like it was should it make you despise him or not. Not in my case a great book...Well Done Phil and Peter.!
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