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Shane Warne: My Autobiography Paperback – 2 May 2002
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In My Autobiography, Aussie leg-spin maestro Shane Warne, perhaps the outstanding cricketer of his generation--and one of the most consistently newsworthy characters in sport--takes stock of a phenomenally successful career, and gives his account of the scandals and controversies that have sent the media into spasms of delighted indignation.
From his days as a frustrated teenage wannabe Aussie Rules star, who decided he might as well try his hand at cricket, Warne has almost single-handedly taken the gentle, studious art of spin-bowling and turned it into a thrilling gladiatorial spectacle--on the way gathering career stats that rank him in company with the game's all-time elite.
Warne crashed into the world spotlight in 1993, when his first-ever ball in Ashes cricket made seasoned England star Mike Gatting look like a floundering buffoon:
In the second or so it took to leave my hand, swerve to pitch outside leg stump, fizz past the batsmen's lunge forward and clip off stump, my life did change ... Ian Botham said he hadn't seen the same look of wide-eyed horror on Gatting's face since somebody had stolen his lunch a few years before.
And he has hardly looked back since--on the pitch at least. Outside the boundary rope it has been a different, though no less sensational story. The media has revelled in tales of extra-marital phone-sex, match-fixing controversies, and bust-ups with the game's authorities and fellow professionals--sparking endless nonsensical speculation as to whether this hard-drinking, smoking "yobbo" was too fat, too loud, too arrogant or just plain too much for cricket to take.
This is a candid chronicle of his side of the story, and along the way there are some wonderful revelations about the mysteries of spin-bowling, the professional art of "sledging", and a fascinating insider account of Australia's rise to world dominance. A frank observer of others; an insightful assessor of his own achievements and motivations--and rarely descending into bland PR-consciousness--The King Of Spin has once again confounded all expectations and served up a peach. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Warne, who has had the last laugh on many a batsman, wants the last word and gets it. (Sunday Times)
Warne's thoughts on the English game and players, sledging, the Ashes, sponsership and the media are fascinating. (The Independent)
Shane Warne's excellent autobiography is much easier to read than his bamboozling leg spin....the plain-talking Australian bowler's laid-back approach is translated effortlessly. (Sunday Express)
A fascinating insight into top class sport. (Birmingham Evening Mail)
Spicy revelations and treats galore. (Scotland on Sunday)
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Warne has always been colourful both on and off the field and a lot of his off-field antics have gained a great deal of publicity. In the book he attempts to explain away all of the situations he found himself in, whilst always attempting to show that nothing was his fault in any way. Put frankly he comes across as a whiner.
The chapters about his early years and going to the accademy are interesting enough, though I would have enjoyed more detail be provided about how he developed his incredible action. The book starts to struggle towards the end and as mentioned previously turns into a torrent of feeble excuses that you would expect a schoolboy to trott out to a teacher.
We all know the man is a legend and this Illustrated book tells you what made him one.
Warne is not afraid to say what he thinks; he never tip-toe's around anything and minces his words. This well-presented book testifies to that. Showing his life from his early days up to recent, it is a remarkable insight into the life of the greatest spin bowler ever to grace this planet.
The photograph's of Warne in action really give you an appreciation of his contribution to Cricket, a game which surely would not have been the same without his genius.
Warne is a true cricketing great, love him or hate him.
If only the touring England Ashes side this year would have read this book before they attempted to play him... it shows how he thinks, what goes through his mind and how he gets those crucial wickets.
This book is a superb read and I can honestly say that I found it hard to put down - when I had finished the book, I just wanted more. It's brilliantly presented and is a superb read at a great price. Highly recommended - get a copy today.
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