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Had its moments, but a bit repetitive
on 29 October 2014
I don’t really have any memories of David Gower as a player but I’ve always liked him as a commentator and enjoyed his sense of humour, so I was really looking forward to reading his book.
The book has some good moments, but overall I was left a little bit disappointed. I just found the first half of the book in particular to be a bit repetitive, often coming back to themes that he’d already covered in sufficient detail earlier. For example, he goes into detail about his personality and how it wasn’t in him to be professional all the time etc. While this was interesting I didn’t feel it was necessary to revisit it as often (or in as much detail) as he did. Equally, when recounting social incidents off the pitch I got a similar feeling – there are only so many Ian Botham stories you need to read before you get the point. I’d have preferred it if he’d spent some of this time discussing some of his opponents and the teams he played against instead. This would have been more interesting and given the book a bit more variety.
Having said that, David Gower’s sense of humour does come through quite a bit (which is a good thing!) and I enjoyed reading about his time as Captain in particular. The second half of the book is a good read - we get to hear a bit more on his general views on the game (as well as on commentating).