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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004N0CZUG
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That caveat aside, this is an always interesting and perceptive insight into the man's life and times; I don't think there is a great deal here which is not already known, but the tone adds a sense of authenticity, suggesting this is the real story.
Like the best heroes, Botham had feet of clay and there are times when he descends into sentimental self-pity; generally, however, the book is positive and forward-looking. As another reviewer has said, there are passages where more detail would have been interesting, but all in all this is a very good value insight into the lot of a genuine modern sporting hero.
Very little is covered in detail and indeed for much of the book, you start reading about an event in his life and before you know it, you are on to the next bit.
Overall, the book resembles much of Botham's life: unable to sit still and everything done in a hurry! A real shame as he is a top man and boy, what he has done for charity...
In 1983 Botham was having a lean spell and some in the media were calling for him to be dropped. At a press conference England captain Bob Willis responded to these calls by asking "Which two players do you gentlemen suggest we should bring in to replace him?" This sums up the unique feature of Botham's game - he was one of the few international cricketers who could have been chosen either as a specialist batsman or as a specialist bowler - but as an all-rounder he was irreplaceable. His fame and his devil-may-care personality always made Botham a target and anyone who thinks that the "feral media" is a modern phenomenon should turn to Both's accounts of how he was first pursued by them more than twenty years ago. True he brought some of the problems on himself - a fact that he honestly acknowledges - but he was certainly hounded and shabbily treated at times.
Writing about his long stint as a Sky commentator Sir Ian says "I'm simply stating things as I see them" - and that neatly describes the whole book. There are heroes (Viv Richards, John Arlott and his long-suffering wife Kath...) and villains (Ian Chappell, Imran Khan, Ted Dexter, Peter Roebuck...) and Both is not a forgiving man when aggrieved.Read more ›
The book follows the standard autobiography path, but he manages to keep the interest throughout. He gives an honest appraisal of himself, fellow cricketers, and lets us know, in no uncertain terms, his thoughts of the media and others who he has felt wronged by.
The jury is out for me as to Ian Botham the man. His charity work is amazing, his loyalty and life long friendships (especially his relationship with Viv Richards) unquestioned, but his ego and opinion of himself make him hard to fully warm to.
This does not in any way detract from the book as a read however, and I would definitely recommend it. Whether you like or loathe him, he has certainly lead an interesting life - and this book tells the story well!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mush as you'd expect, this book doesn't pull punches and is a decent enough read for cricket fans everywhere.Published 2 months ago by brian h beck
Narfink about the high jinks with with Viv. Pedestrian, but interesting at times.Published 17 months ago by Wilzito