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.
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.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A must for all, whether cricket fans or not.
What did you like best about this story?
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.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
What will your next listen be?
Anything written by a modest person
How could the performance have been better?
If he stopped admiring himself
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 80 Not Out?
Any references to his own achievements - it's for US to decide whether he was good or not.
Any additional comments?
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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