Glenn McGrath is one of the most highly regarded fast-medium pace bowlers in cricketing history, and was a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to 2007. He holds the world record for Test wickets by a fast bowler.
McGrath retired from Test cricket after the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney 2007, while the World Cup that year marked the end of his one-day career. McGrath was named One Day International Player of the Year and Wisden Cricketeer of the year on more than one occasion.
Glenn McGrath's achievements off the field are just as admirable. With his wife, Jane, he established the McGrath Foundation, a major fundraiser and supporter of women with breast cancer. He supported Jane through her own 11-year battle with breast cancer that sadly ended in June 2008.
Glenn McGrath: Line and Strength is more than just a sporting biography and will have broad appeal to men and women. Donations can be made to the McGrath Foundation at any branch of the National Australia Bank or at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
Special foreword written and narrated by Dennis Lillee.
©2008 Glenn McGrath; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
Glenn McGrath certainly has a great story to tell. He was arguably the world's best fast bowler, part of a storied, record-breaking cricket team and has lived through personal heartache and tragedy. More than enough for a great book. This particular book falls short because it tells this story so poorly. The chapters don't see to connect or have been written in consecutive order. The same anecdote is repeated in several chapters. The chapter that focuses on McGrath's relationships with his famous teammates- Gilchrist, Warne et al consists of tiny blurbs that say little more than: "he's a great guy". Finally, there is a lot of what the Aussies call "whinging" and score-settling. A whole early chapter that tries to explain and contextualize McGrath's love of hunting big game. A chapter devoted to McGrath's famous sledges and how he was "misunderstood." This is very much a celebrity biography- extremely one-sided
McGrath is undoubtedly a champion and deserves to have his story with depth and balance. This isn't really it. This book is only worth reading until a better one comes along.
It's a great book for any cricket fan, and I'm a Limey!! Well written and read, a compelling story of a true legend of the game.
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