Highlights of a career in cricket from Britain's favourite umpire. Hardly a week goes by without Dickie Bird visiting a county or Test match arena where he can keep up to date with all that is happening in the cricket world, while at the same time taking the opportunity to reflect, in the company of old friends and acquaintances, on his own colourful contribution to the sport that lasted for over half a century.
Dickie remains the most famous umpire of them all and is still highly respected throughout the world. A lovable eccentric with a joyful sense of fun, he has decided, as he approaches his 80th birthday, to recall the highlights of his life in cricket, while also providing an illuminating insight into what he has been up to since his retirement.
©2013 Dickie Bird (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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Great and interesting listen. If you're interested in cricket and understand the game then makes it more interesting! Interesting memories of a great person.
"A Great insight to a great man"
A must for all, whether cricket fans or not.
An in depth look into the private life of a man who is a 'God' to anyone who follows the game of cricket.
Dickie opens his heart to the reader and gives facts about his private life and what makes him tick, both now and in the past.
A thoroughly enjoyable book well read.
"Wallowing in self praise"
Anything written by a modest person
If he stopped admiring himself
Any references to his own achievements - it's for US to decide whether he was good or not.
Dickie Bird went down in my estimation after reading this tome, full as it is, of self praise.
Self awareness is a Yorkshire trait and I'm glad I'm a Londoner.
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