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3.0 out of 5 stars Ah'll sithee, 13 Nov 2011
This review is from: Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography (Hardcover)
This is an enjoyable read. While it recycles extensively from John Arlott's 70's biography, it adds a lot of new material from interviews with family and team mates.

It has a cracking start and a very moving finish. The first chapter is the reunion of Trueman, Geoff Boycott, Brian Close and Ray Illingworth shortly before Trueman's death. They are almost a parody of themselves as they put the modern world to rights - modern cricketers can't bowl, the Yorkshire team of the 60s would have beaten the 2005-era Australians (?), reverse swing was invented by Yorkshiremen in the 1940s (??!) and Ant and Dec aren't a patch on Eric and Ernie (...fair enough).

It ends with a truly touching account of Fred's funeral that gives a feel of how badly everyone was feeling the loss of such a vibrant character. "Goodbye, my friend" - that really brought a lump to my throat.

In between it is efficent and even-handed, and sheds new light on the familiar incidents from Trueman's career.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2012 23:57:05 BDT
Why only 3 stars , your review is quite glowing

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2012 14:07:29 BDT
It might be a bit mean, I guess! Maybe 3 1/2 or 4 would be fairer. I did really enjoy it, but I felt that some chapters were so close to John Arlott's 1970s biography as to be almost cut and paste. Loved the new material though. Did you enjoy it?
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