Few sports biographies take a position on countless issues and court controversy. This one does, respectfully and reasoned. Boucher appears fearless, vulnerable, caring and competitive. He demands and delivers honesty and certainly doesn't suffer fools. In earlier days he appeared abrupt to many, yet his loyalty to his tribe is impressive. His sense of humour is evident throughout.
Throughout the book, despite having read many of his peers biographies, I was repeatedly learning of new events and viewpoints, especially from within the dressing room. His descriptions of his interaction with Daryll Cullinan, Corrie Van Zyl, Jacques Kallis and Micky Arthur brought interesting anecdotes. I particularly appreciated his stance on Hansie Cronje and the simplicity of the Jonty Rhodes approach to cricket.
Bouch rarely quotes Graeme Smith or speaks of his girlfriend Carmen. He rather speaks of is ideas, his beliefs and his opinions. He writes of his frustrations, his passions and his perspective on his successes and failures. He outlines the injury to his eye and curiously it's positive effects on many of his relationships. He embraces the learning that the injury has provided him. It is not a book about cricket matches or statistics, although there is plenty of the latter in an addendum.
Mark Boucher made a significant contribution to SA cricket, often behind the scenes, taking responsibility for his contribution to the team. He made this an art form. This is an entertaining read, full of repeatable, interesting or amusing anecdotes. I liked this book and therefore, hope you get to enjoy it too.