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on 13 April 2011
Being a huge Gibbs fan and a bigger Proteas fan this book was a must buy and having waited for 5 months to read it since ordering this book - I am bitterly dissapointed. Any Gibbs fan should steer well clear. He portrays himself as a lads-lad up for a good time. The first half of the book describes his drinking and bedding conquests which are sadly....rather pathetic. The latter half of the book demonstrates aspects of how he has not gelled with senior players since Hansie and only connects with the younger generation i.e Parnell. This is not surprising for someone at 37 years of age who is a living example of Peter Pan. The opinion on Pollack and the 2003 WC was a bit too far and I found myself getting really wound up by this. Some aspects of the book are insightful into his cricket as it is without doubt he was an exceptionally talented player and amazing to watch. Nevertheless, this book has tainted the perception I had of him. If you are a Proteas fan - read Smith's Diary of a Captain and do not read this with rose-tinted glasses.
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on 26 April 2011
Having watched Gibbs since the early 2000's has batting and fielding were electric and simply awesome. I left it a while before purchasing the book (in Kindle format) and it has been ever so disappointing and disheartening to read about one of my cricketing heros. I couldn't agree more with SAEEDA's earlier review. He portrays himself as someone who would do anything to have a good time ... drugs, drink, bedding conquests etc. Later on he talks about his differences between the other senior members of the team such as Smith, Kallis, Boucher etc in a un-tasteful way perhaps seeing as though they've been team mates for the best part of a decade. This book really degrades him and in parts infuriated me.

As a Gibbs fan I'd recommend staying clear of this book, as it will only disappoint. I did for me anyway.
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on 20 October 2011
As an Englishman, I was reaaly looking forward to reading this book. I visit South Africa every year and attend at least one game at Newlands. I am a great fan of Herschelle. I was very very disappointed with book. I wanted more cricketing details a birdseye view of the famous 438. game against the Aussie. The main detail of the book was his sexual conquests and his ability to consume substantial levels of alcohol.
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on 13 August 2011
I love reading autobiographies about great games and the inside stories of international cricket. Unfortunately this book is all about girls, drinking,money and sponsorship deals and many points are repeated over and over again. If that's what you want in a book you will like it but if you expect to read about the actual game you will be disappointed.
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on 13 September 2013
Herschelle Gibbs was a talented cricketer, end of story. There's no need to read about his alcohol consumption and wild parting on the eve of crucial international games for South Africa. Given his shallow life off the field even a recognised biographer would have had trouble filling more than a couple of pages.
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on 30 November 2011
Just like the man himself, this book is really entertaining. Herschelle Gibbs is an fantastic cricketer, and quite a character! It was an insight into the set-up of South African cricket, and into the murky Hansie saga.
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on 22 August 2013
So little in here about the Hansie Cronje controversies, match fixing etc more endless stories about drinking and shagging. A major disappointment. Reads like a schoolboy memoir, poorly ghosted.
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on 19 May 2012
Herschelle was one of South Africa's great modern batsmen & a great entertainer in one day cricket. This is nothing compared to the colourful life this man has led. A great read
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on 8 May 2016
Enjoyed this book
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on 18 July 2014
Nice Item
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