Top positive review
Botham just about does himself justice
on 1 May 2011
Although the writing is some way from being Botham`s own, there is still plenty of authenticity here. I suspect "Beefy" may not be the most eloquent of men - actually, his stint at Sky proves that! - but the important thing is we do get a feeling of his dynamic, headstrong, and occasionally childish and chippy character (none of which he denies).
As other reviewers have noted, there are times when reading that one wishes an event could have been elaborated upon, but before we know we`re off to the next major incident! An example of this would be his description of the original incident that created the long-simmering feud with Ian Chappell. Firstly, it is covered in just over half a page, and secondly, this account differs so markedly from Chappelli`s that I would have liked to hear more about it and why they still haven`t forgotten it, thirty-five years later. It`s fair to say that Botham is the kind of man who will bound onto the next chapter of his life without too much reflection!
The only reason my title suggests a slight disappointment is because his urgency and passions do not quite translate to print. Perhaps the ghost writer is to blame? It is amusing to read the analogy of a "fastidious maid laying the table for a particularly formal dinner" to describe a team-mate laying out his kit...that just doesn`t sound like Beefy!
We all know of his achievements, both the heroic and the...er...less heroic; maybe there are just too many for a single volume to do them justice!