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.
Would you listen to Head On again? Why?
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.
Reading/Listening to a book about one of your sporting heroes is often a daunting task, but this one is very very good. It tells you a lot you knew about Both and a lot you may not have known.
Typical of the man,he pulls no punches whatsoever in this book.
An excellent warts-n-all look at a brilliant cricketer.
Sir Ian is not one to hold back and if often forthright with his opinions. This breaks down some of the background into what shaped him into the man he is today and gives the reader a real sense of the legendary cricketer both at home and in life - neither of which have any flies on him! I particularly enjoyed his chapters on what drives him to do so much charity work and the openness about his private life.
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l really enjoyed this audio book.a good insight to his career .brought back great memories
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it is filled with mixed emotions, some very frustrating, some very exciting, but overall it made a great read.
Would you consider the audio edition of Head On to be better than the print version?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Head On?
1981 series against the Aussies...boys own stuff...you could not make it up?
What does John Telfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Sounds very good
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
England's greatest all-round cricketer
Any additional comments?
All though he does brag a bit he has good reason to, he had tremendousSelf belief as a cricketer and as he said 80% is played in the brain, as indeed is a lot of sport!
i am a big cricket follower and as i was at his 1st test plus many of his others, both in the UK and abroad. but i found his story hard to take with many blowhard story lines. not one of my better reads. so i will leave it at that
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