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Dickie Bird Autobiography by [Bird, Dickie]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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When Dickie Bird tried to get his first match with Barnsley Cricket Club, he was just 15 years old. But when the batsman in the nets took one look at the skinny teenager and sent him on his way, Dickie Bird was nearly lost to cricket forever. Fortunately, a kindly man met the weeping youngster on his way back to the bus stop and took pity--and spent the rest of the evening bowling to him in the nets.

He did play for Barnsley and later--though intermittently--for his beloved Yorkshire. Fated to be the twelfth man, however, he left for Leicestershire from where, though he played regularly, he retired and chose instead to go into umpiring. The rest, as they say, is history; but it is an interesting history of a miner's son who became a worldwide celebrity and chose to tell his millions of adoring fan the whole tale.

Growing up in Barnsley, becoming a professional cricketer, then training as an umpire--all the steps along the way are lovingly recorded in My Autobiography. The first umpire to become a celebrity and all-round "character", Dickie Bird never once forgot his fans. Signing autographs for children after gruelling days on the Test circuit, always having a word for waiting interviewers, forever friendly with the press--Dickie Bird always eschewed the trappings of fame. And fortune--twice he turned down lucrative offers to leave England and become a celebrity umpire abroad.

66 Test matches, three World Cup finals and 92 one-day Internationals after that fateful day at Barnsley Cricket Club, Dickie Bird retired from his sport with more than a few tears. He had spent more than 50 years controlling the enthusiasm of the world's greatest players while "married to cricket", and if there is one thing he puts across in his book, it is his passion for the game.

With an introduction by fellow Barnsley-man and cricketer Michael Parkinson, this book--now the bestselling British sports autobiography of all time--is written with Bird's trademark bluntness. The enthralling story he tells will appeal not only to cricket lovers but to anyone interested in human nature in general. --Lucie Naylor

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A must read for lovers of cricket (Sports Monthly)

Dickie Bird is a book which captures perfectly the idiosyncrasies, eccentricity, honesty, integrity, fair-mindedness and self-deprecating humour of the coal-miner's son who earned the respect of everyone in the game and became a household name. It is a book whihc will appeal to cricket lovers everywhere. (Howzat)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1294 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RRH268
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like most Englishmen, I admire Dickie for his modest but firm attachment to the game of cricket. However, I feel it is unfair to describe this book as an AUTOBIOGRAPHY - it is more a series of anecdotes, stastics and sketches of his friends and colleagues. I don't regret buying it and reading it, but I HAD hoped to find out more about the inner man rather than about his friends Trueman, Boycott, Parkinson and Keith Lodge. Apart from that, if you enjoy cricket, you'll enjoy (most of) this book.
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By Kev Partner VINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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I want to say right at the beginning that I like and admire Dickie Bird hugely. I enjoyed watching him stand at test matches, waiting for the next eccentricity to surface, and he's been interesting to follow since. However, this book quickly becomes repetitive - if I were to sum it up in a sentence it would be "People these days aren't as hard working/interesting/talented/eccentric/deprived [insert adjective] as they were in my day".

One example Dickie gives is of the long bus journey he endured when a young lad at Yorkshire. "How many of today's kids would do that?" he says. Well, clearly not many - but then not many of Dickie's generation would do it either. That determination was a large part of why he was a success rather than his thousands of contemporaries.

I gave up half way through. I love you Dickie, but not your book.
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The book was sent with a different cover which was very disappointing, the cover was in acceptable condition, and no real issues, but the different cover was a big disappointment as I wanted the cover which was displayed.

The book itself is a very good book about a great guy and legendary umpire.
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hen one considers the nonentities who now get top honours one is left wondering why this greatest living Yorkshire-man is not Lord Bird of Barnsley. This book alone should have earned him a knighthood. It is a million times a better read than Rushdie who unlike Bird has brought no joy to Bradford. Bird soars. He is the sublime Yorkshire-man, the eccentric Englishman to perfection. To read him is to love him. Our greatest ever umpire and now a best-selling author too. Eee by gum. There's none to match him. Cricket history and funny stories here abound, all mixed with Yorkshire grit and common sense, an attribute sadly in short supply in our PC mad world. Fair and funny, a Bird to enrich the garden of life is Dickie.
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Fairly boring. Nothing startling revealed except Geoff Boycott had an equally obsessional friend. I was expecting more.It is the stories that aren't usually told that make an interesting biography imho
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Well I liked it. Being a Yorkshireman myself, it was interesting to read Dickie Bird's story of cricket, and how he managed to survive and become the icon that he is. He is an intensely private man, who is happy with his own existence. This is what makes the book so readable.

There is humour there as well. There is a humorous incident when Geoff Boycott invites him to dinner, only for Geoff to offer him cheese on toast!

He does tend to worry, and this comes through when he admits he gets himself ready for something 2 hours before departure time! He remains modest and unassuming.

For anyone interested, I would recommend his other book for further reading.
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For any cricket lover, this book is a delightful way to spend a few hours in the company of one of the greats.
Plenty of anecdotes, and he's not afraid to offer his opinion on players and the way the game is being conducted.
It's fascinating to follow his development and to learn of his background and motivation.
Lovely
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A very good book, I enjoyed reading and learning that being an umpire takes skill and being able to communicate with all walks of life. Dickie did not have a very easy time ,but he certainly has enjoyed his career
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