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Bluey would have been proud
9 November 2017
For me a wonderful read. Of course, I am biased, I belong to one of those generations of Yorkshiremen who knew, loved and idolised David Bairstow.
What makes this young man different from other sons of famous fathers - Chris Broad, Richard Hutton, Sean Pollock or Dean Headley - was that he "chose" to follow precisely in his father's footsteps, taking not only the same role, but also for the same team, as his father (in Headley's case he even played for a different country!). It does not surprise me because Jonny is clearly a chip off the old block and even if he was a mere 8 years old when his father died he had clearly still managed to absorb so much of his father.
Unusually for this type of book Jonny actually has a story to tell despite his young age. Some of it is about his upbringing in difficult circumstances, a lot of it is about the gigantic shadow cast by his late father but a significant part is about the love of his family, most notably his sister Becky and his mother Janet, a truly formidable woman whom I salute.
I recall - and I suspect I was far from alone in this - my sense of pride when Jonny scored his maiden test century in South Africa and my immediate thought of "Bluey would have been so proud". Having read this book my reaction is pretty much the same, not for the sportsman and his achievements but for the intelligent, thoughtful young man Jonny Bairstow has clearly become. Bluey would have been proud, and Janet must be incredibly so too.
Somehow or other Jonny Bairstow appears to not only have come to terms with always being Bluey's son but also to live comfortably with it