- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845137469
- ISBN-13: 978-1845137465
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography Paperback – 1 Jun 2012
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'A thorough, carefully researched and most elegantly written account of Trueman's life...a true page turner.'(Sport in History)
A compelling portait of a sports legend(Good Book Guide)
Superb life of the famous fast bowler, bristling with belligerence but also oddly vulnerable.(Seven, The Sunday Telegraph)
'It is a proper tribute to Waters that his book belongs in the finest library in the whole of sport... It may be the finest book yet written about a cricketer.(Michael Henderson The Cricketer)
‘A brilliant account of a remarkable life. There is a whole load of new information about (Trueman). Waters deserves a lot of credit for this book.’(Englandcricket.net)
'Now (Trueman) has been brought to life in this wonderful new biography by Chris Waters. It is one of the finest sports books of recent years: well-researched, highly readable and packed with anecdotes.’(Leo McKinstry Mail on Sunday)
‘Thorough and well-judged biography. This book’s strength is that, with the heavy assistance of Truemann’s surviving family, it fleshes out his early life in south Yorkshire.’(The Sunday Times)
‘A trenchant portrait of its subject…a thorough and judicious book. Trueman’s flaws make it an uncomfortable read for devotees but to his credit the author has been as true to his trade as he is to his subject.’(Rob Bagchi The Guardian)
‘Chris Waters deserves extremely high marks for his welcome, authentically honest new biography of Fred Trueman’ SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR(Frank Keating The Guardian)
‘Perceptive biography…Waters has done a good job in disentangling the man from the myths, many of which were eagerly promoted by Fiery Fred himself.’(Independent on Sunday)
‘His multi-coloured life is given sharper focus by the meticulous research and unforgiving anecdotes of Chris Waters. The strengths of the book lie in the breadth of insights from those closest to Trueman, along with Waters’ own sharp conclusions.’(The Cricketer)
‘The book will draw you in, make you chuckle and is not short on poignancy. Waters is balanced in his assessment of Trueman’s life. Exhaustive research is evident throughout.’(CricketYorkshire.com)
‘Trueman's latest biographer does a better job of fleshing out his subject than his more illustrious predecessors (John Arlott and Don Mosey). The result is the fullest picture yet of a great sportsman and all-too-human being.’(espncricinfo.com)
‘Waters sought to look beyond the brash, Jack-the-lad image that Trueman was once happy to live up to and find the truth. It was something even Arlott, for all his perceptiveness, did not quite manage.’(Sportsbookshelf.com)
‘It will forever stand as the definitive attempt to set the record straight in relation to which Trueman stories are true, which are less than entirely accurate, and those that are apocryphal. Fred Trueman - The Authorised Biography is a terrific story. It is highly recommended.’(Cricketweb.net)
‘A fine, fair-minded and well-rounded portrait of great fast bowler. It is Waters’ probing into Fred’s background and psyche - what made him, and what made him tick - that gives his biography true distinction. A splendid biography, which it is hard to think will ever be bettered’ – Harry Mead(Northern Echo)
‘The one which stood out to me was Fred Trueman. Don Mosey wrote a book about him in years gone by, John Arlott as well. Neither of them are anywhere near as good as this one.’ John Rawling - SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR(BBC Radio 5 Live)
‘Honest and erudite portrait of the charismatic England and Yorkshire fast bowler’ - BOOKS OF THE YEAR(The Cricketer)
‘One of the many virtues of Chris Waters’s thoughtful and painstakingly researched biography is that he examines the Trueman myths and dismantles most of them, but leaves a vivid portrait of a complex and contradictory character who was at heart surprisingly insecure.’(The Oldie)
‘Engrossing and typically well written’(Country Life)
‘Separating fact from fiction is difficult, but Waters has done an outstanding job and, to his credit, presents the player warts and all. Of the cricket biographies I have read in the past twelve months, this is the best by some distance. Fred Trueman was one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and deserved a ‘proper’ biography. Chris Waters has undoubtedly delivered.’
'Waters may be in need of a longer mantelpiece'(Richard Whitehead The Times)
'this wonderful book honours not only Trueman but also cricket, and Yorkshire in particular....the book has an elemental quality'(Michael Henderson The Cricketer)
About the Author
Chris Waters was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1973 and raised and educated in Lincoln. He entered journalism in 1995 at Berrow’s Worcester Journal before returning home to start his sports writing career on the Lincoln Chronicle. In 1999 he became cricket correspondent of the Nottingham Evening Post and, since 2004, has been cricket correspondent of the Yorkshire Post. He is the author of a biography of Fred Trueman, published by Aurum.
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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.
Although widely recognised as England's greatest ever fast bowler and the first cricketer to take 300 test wickets, he was also one of the first cricketing `bad-boys', his rough and ready attitude constantly rubbing up the games hierarchy, which in those days almost exclusively former public schoolboys, the wrong way. Although regularly more sinned against than sinning his perceived unruly behaviour caused him not to be picked for many test matches, a fact that he grew to bitterly resent because he believed that it robbed him from taking a great many more test wickets.
As this book points out, in later life he lost a little face due to his attitude towards modern day cricket and the abilities of the men that play it, even losing his place in radio's Test Match Special commentary team because of it. Despite this, one thing is certain, and that is that he will never be forgotten, particularly in his beloved Yorkshire.
Because of his eventful career and his colourful personality, Fred Trueman has been the subject of more books than most, and because of this there is not that much in this book that I haven't seen before, but it is still a highly entertaining biography and a fine remembrance of a true sporting legend.
"Fiery Fred" has spawned a cottage industry of books over the years, some supposedly by his own pen but ghost-written and others by authors who in many cases simply rehashed old tales, many of them apocryphal. Such is the problem for the author wanting to do something new, as most fans feel they know the subject already.
But do they? I'm reminded of Emmott Robinson of Yorkshire, who, like Trueman, became larger than life thanks to the anecdotes recounted by Neville Cardus over many articles and books. What did Robinson think of Cardus? "Ah've nivver met 'im" he said, to the disappointment of many, including me. Robinson's sage comments and dry wit were effectively the creation of a masterly, but ultimately only inventive writer, fact and fiction merging into one with the latter taking over like a cricketing Jekyll and Hyde.
Separating the fact from fiction is difficult, but Waters has done an outstanding job and, to his credit, presents the player warts and all. He was a man of contrasts, capable of the most earthy talk yet protective of his children if such language was used in their presence. He was a coal miner's son who became a Conservative supporter and latterly claimed to be the son of a "countryman", something at odds with the gruff northern working class persona that was cultivated by player and media alike.Read more ›
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This is an excellent biography of one of cricket's biggest stars. Essentially favourable towards his subject, Waters nonetheless does not shy away from presenting Trueman as a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. V. Clarke
Revelatory warts and all account of a true Yorkie sporting hero. His intelligence and frustration caused him trouble, the class system of the '50s putting him 'in his place', but... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. James G. Thompson
Book condition was as good as new and a brilliant read, well worth the money!Published 7 months ago by Paul Davison
One of the best books I've read recently. Tells you all about the legend that is Fred Truman.
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My earliest memories of cricket reach back to 1957, a time when Freddie Trueman was already into his Test match career. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barry E. Sheridan
Very interesting, a compulsive read and a thoughtful insight into England's most terrifying fast bowler.Published 12 months ago by Chris & Oscar Wallace