Voted the greatest English cricketer of the 20th century by the fans, Sir Ian Botham is the English game’s one true living legend, and his story, both on and off the pitch, reads like a Boy’s Own rollercoaster ride.
Born with a natural genius for the game, Botham began breaking records with bat and ball from a young age and soon became the man English cricket expected most from. After a troubled period as captain, Botham rose once again to become a national hero with his display in the Miracle Ashes of 1981. But, with his confrontational nature and wild streak, he began regularly making the wrong kind of headlines. With accusations of drink and drugs, affairs and ball-tampering, he became hounded by the tabloid pack, never sure whether they wanted him to triumph or implode.
Now a Knight and just as famous for his tireless charity work, Beefy gives us the definitive story of his never-dull life and times in his own no-nonsense words.
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Enjoyable from start to finish
Ian was one of my sporting hero's growing up so it was fascinating to learn more about the man behind the public persona. His honesty about his strengths and weaknesses was refreshing and really helped give a better understanding of who he is and what shaped him as a person. It was also brilliant to get his view on both the people running English cricket and the tabloid scum around at that time. Most cricket fans of that era would agree with everything he wrote.
It's a long book, but, if you remember the matches of that time, a highly enjoyable trip down memory lane.