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Menace: The Autobiography Paperback – 4 May 2004

3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (4 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755311272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311279
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating read from start to finish ... a thoroughly entertaining autobiography from one of the game's all-time greats (Birmingham Post)

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The outspoken autobiography of the greatest fast bowler of all time - a truly great read for any cricket fan

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Interesting for the first two thirds as DL recounts his career. Never realised he was such a sensitive soul !
Final part of the book is a bit tedious as he goes on a long list of comments on his contemporaries on the field of play with a fair bit of repetition about who he rated or otherwise. Gave up in the end.
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Dennis was my childhood cricket idol. I had no idea until after he retired how controversial he was in his own state and country and he talks about this period quite openly, including his involvement with Kerry Packer and the revolutionary new version of the game. He also talked about his experiences in the Lancashire League, which was quite interesting. But I really think the book was too long and it seemed to go on and on... Like my review!
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By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately the book falls into the age old trap of trailing us around the cricket world through the eyes of a massive ego who could do no wrong. In the book Lillee places himself in the centre of most recent events in world cricket. His views on a variety of subjects are tacked on as some form of afterthought and indeed without much thought at that. A disappointment if truth be told.
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The life story of one of the game’s greatest fast bowlers and characters faithfully chronicles Lillee’s ups and downs, but doesn’t dwell on the statistics.
Best parts are the tales of his battles with us Poms, especially the now infamous tale of the 500-1 bet at Headingly in 1981. Lillee wasn’t much impressed with Botham’s 149 that day, but was full of praise for Willis’s 8 second innings wickets. No doubt the fast bowlers union sticking together. One of the more interesting sections is his look at the Packer Affair and his part in it, which was bigger than I was aware of. Inevitably the tastier parts concern conflict and that’s dealt with in the aluminium bat affair and the trouble with Javed Miandad. The risks to his career such as the back injury that nearly finished it before it had really taken off is also interesting reading. We also have the obligatory stories of the goings on behind the scenes such as Rod Marsh’s attempt to break the boozing record during a flight to England and the eccentric ways of Doug Walters. Funnily enough (for an Aussie), Lillee doesn’t seem to be a big drinker.
Lillee doesn’t do a whitewash job though. If he feels something was wrong then he’ll say so, such as his reaction to Trevor Chappell’s underarm ball in a one-day game against New Zealand.
There are also plenty of insights into the Aussie mentality, especially how the Chappell brothers motivated him and others. Since being out of the public eye as a player Lillee has done a lot of work in India coaching fast bowlers and setting up a training system to encourage them.
Overall this is a solid, if not spectacular autobiography.
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