- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
It's Been Grand: ... Now it's Final Hardcover – 1 Oct 2016
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
Don’t come to this expecting an in depth autobiography – it’s more like an extended written version of an after dinner speech, plenty of tales of nights on the booze (and boy are there a LOT of tales of nights on the booze), fun and friendship. It’s hard not to wonder if this book was rushed out to commemorate Stevo’s retirement, as it could do with a lot of editing. Not just spelling mistakes and clumsy phrasing though; Eddie and Stevo take it in turns to narrate each chapter, and this leads to a lot of repeated content. I understand how with some of the conflicts over the years, they would each want to tell their side of the tale. However this rarely leads to anything new on the second telling of the anecdote – take the tale of Stevo’s drunk ex in Aus. Eddie tells us the story pretty amusingly, however when Stevo gets to his side of the story he gives us no further details as to how he knows this woman or how he felt. He isn’t obliged to, of course, but the anecdote isn’t so blindingly funny to warrant it being repeated twice in ten pages with next to no details being added the second time. This happens numerous times throughout the book, and when the book is just a touch over 200 pages long, it gives the impression that ideas for content were pretty light.
Likewise, it’s a tad disappointing that the focus is so much on their earlier career together. Super League – now about to enter its 22nd season – and only the first without Stevo – doesn’t properly get discussed until around two thirds in. Considering that is how a lot of the audience will know the authors and it is by far the competition they have worked on the most, it gives the book a lopsided feel.
I would be lying to say the book didn’t elicit more than a chuckle or two from me – I didn’t learn a huge amount but it was enjoyable whilst it lasted. Much like the commentary of the dynamic duo themselves then. They have certainly earned their place in Rugby League history – this book may not do them the full justice they deserve, but it’s certainly a decent T.R.Y for mine.
It was interesting to see how they both started and a bit of Stevo's playing career which we mostly forget he had a life before commentating.
However the book is let down by its presentation, which gives the impression that it was proof-read by Stevo after a long night on the booze. On the very first page, the first line of Eddie’s dedication reads “For those those who have been my greatest support…”. The second line of Chapter 1 has a printing error. Maurice Lindsay becomes variously “Lyndsay” and “Lindsey”. And so on.
There are also details which could have benefitted from more explanation. When Eddie first refers to the famous 1994 World Club Challenge, he mentions that it was played at “ANZ Stadium”. A casual reader might think this refers to the current ANZ Stadium in Sydney, whereas in fact it was held at the former Commonwealth Games Stadium in Nathan (a suburb of Brisbane); this stadium was called ANZ Stadium from 1993 to 2003. And indeed a bit further on Eddie does say that the match was played in Brisbane, but someone who isn’t a rugby league geek - as I am - might find this confusing.
But don’t be put off. And hopefully Vertical Editions will issue a second edition with corrections.
Look for similar items by category