Sunday 4 November 2018

Guest Review: Botham's Bedside Cricket Book By Ian Botham and Kenneth Gregory

It's time for another of my guest reviews covering sport and history-enjoy! Movie reviews will be back next week...

Anecdotes from Ian Botham relating to his time as a first class cricketer.

This is a collection of cricketing stories, facts and figures from the writer Kenneth Gregory in partnership with the England cricketer Ian Botham. The latter was at the height of his cricketing fame when this book was first published in 1982. The previous season, and after having given up the captaincy, his exploits with the bat and the ball had inspired England to recover from 1-0 down in the Ashes series against Australia to win the series 3-1. Ian Botham's last game for England was in 1992, and he retired from first class cricket in 1993. In 2007, he received a knighthood for his services to charity, and currently works as a cricket commentator.

As its title suggests, this book is a useful one to have on your bedside table if you are are a cricket fan, and comprises an eclectic and amusing collection of true stories relating to the game. Each story is relatively short, so it is an easy book to pick up and put down if you want only to read one or two stories at a time. Having been published in 1982, any notable performances that have occurred since then will not be included. However, there are sufficient outstanding performances described in the book to keep most cricket enthusiasts happy.

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