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Boycott: The Autobiography Paperback – 20 May 1988

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (20 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448055
  • ASIN: 0552993182
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Misguided, mishandled, criticised and crucified – and only because he’s different,’ said Brian Clough. ‘The ultimate perfectionist … he comes nearer to faultlessness than anyone else,’ said John Arlott. Captain of Yorkshire and England, yet discarded by both when still at his peak, Boycott was at the top for over twenty years. Here he tells his own story. He talks of his love-hate relationship with Yorkshire cricket, his many triumphs for England and his key partnerships with team-mates like Denness, Brearley and Botham. And he speaks for the first time about why he chose to opt out of Test cricket for three years in the mid-1970s. Many felt that Boycott was the greatest batsman of his time, and that, despite his achievements, he was unfairly treated. Known by a new generation as a pull-no-punches commentator, this is the story of one of our greatest, and most controversial, sporting heroes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Since ceasing to play for Yorkshire and England, Geoffrey Boycott has become one of the most recognisable figures in sports journalism, lending his famously no-nonsense Yorkshireman's take on the world of cricket to both the BBC's Test Match Special and Channel 4's cricket coverage. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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I could well imagine that a reader who is not a Boycott fan will not enjoy the near-constant griping about how everyone was against the personality. If you can put this aside, this a great insight into the mind of a great cricketer. There is no mention of the women in Boycott's life - one or two stories there that I would like to hear his side of - but there are plenty of tales of the politics and personalities who dominated Yorkshire cricket in the Boycott era and of the struggle against them.
At times he puts himself over as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, at other times you see that he is also human. I can definately recommend this book to anyone who either admires the man or has yet to form an opinion. It is not the ghost-written list of dates, events and opinions that so many sporting biographies become.
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Geoffrey Boycott. You either love him or loathe him. I'm in the former category. He's a typical Yorkshireman, says what he thinks, and his book reflects that.

The book does have many personal details, and has great tales about his childhood, his relationship with his parents, his challenges and his quest to play for his beloved Yorkshire, and England, leading to his retirement from test cricket.

I never saw Boycott play live, but grew up with Gooch, Botham, Lamb era. However, I found the book very interesting as it describes well the cricket scene from 1960-1980's. The book does put across strongly the difficulties and struggles that Boycott and his family faced as he realised his cricketing abilities to became a regular for Yorkshire CC.

There are parts were Boycott does go into some detail about instances that were reported, but were not true or reported incorrectly. He does also, with some justification, point out some character flaws in others he played with or against. Although, this is where it does lose a star for me, as he does tend to labour the point somewhat.

I found this book very enjoyable, and a great insight to how cricket was played when money wasn't the priority. Just plain cricketing enjoyment. Highly recommended.
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First class book by a first class player well done Geoffry another
well exicuted innings.The book was supplied in first class condition
at a very reasonable price.
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This was bought as a gift for a friend, so I do not know about the content of the book. The service was second to none with very quick delivery, excellent price and good quality book. My friend is thrilled with the gift and is convinced it will be a good read.
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