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    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post
    It looks a must-have.
    Yes, you would enjoy it, very well written

    Although it was very successful running into a number of reprints, he was unable to find a publisher, they only wanted books written about big names such as Botham and KP
    You know it makes sense.

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    has anyone read the dickie bird autobiography? coz it is only 3 in the clearance section in my local waterstones. was gonna by it but i would like others who have read its opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammay123 View Post
    has anyone read the dickie bird autobiography? coz it is only 3 in the clearance section in my local waterstones. was gonna by it but i would like others who have read its opinion
    I enjoyed it, but many other people I have spoke to thought it too long

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Yes, you would enjoy it, very well written

    Although it was very successful running into a number of reprints, he was unable to find a publisher, they only wanted books written about big names such as Botham and KP
    How good a writer is Chalke overall ? He seems to have been pretty prolific from what I see from the site of the publishing company. I doubt if I can find his books in India.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    How good a writer is Chalke overall ? He seems to have been pretty prolific from what I see from the site of the publishing company. I doubt if I can find his books in India.
    He has become one of my favourites, never covers modern players just the oldies

    Writes very well too, we have two reviews of his books on our site

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammay123 View Post
    has anyone read the dickie bird autobiography? coz it is only 3 in the clearance section in my local waterstones. was gonna by it but i would like others who have read its opinion
    It's a good'un. No false pretences, just the fun, anecdotal frivolity that you'd expect from the man. I didn't think it too long at all (but, then, I finished it in two days).
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    Quote Originally Posted by neville cardus View Post
    It's a good'un. No false pretences, just the fun, anecdotal frivolity that you'd expect from the man. I didn't think it too long at all (but, then, I finished it in two days).
    Have you finished the WG book yet? We would love a review for our site (if you have finished your tests)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammay123 View Post
    has anyone read the dickie bird autobiography? coz it is only 3 in the clearance section in my local waterstones. was gonna by it but i would like others who have read its opinion

    I've read it and I thought it was just OK. The point being that old Dickie has been around a long time, and written (or at least put his name to) a few books, and some of his stories are getting a little well-worn. He trades on his 'lovable eccentric' image rather a lot. I wouldn't quibble at 3 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Have you finished the WG book yet? We would love a review for our site (if you have finished your tests)
    I picked it up for the first time in ages last night. Exams are finally over (for now, at least), so I should be done with Mr Rae's masterly offering by the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    I wouldn't quibble at 3 though.
    Its more about whether one would invest the time to read it through

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    I was wondering whether anyone can recommend a book on Sobers - other greats such as Hobbs, Bradman, Richards have had many books written on them but I can't recall seeing one on Sir Garfield .. there must have been at least one though I don't see any in the review section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    I was wondering whether anyone can recommend a book on Sobers
    Well, there's always his autobiography.

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    other greats such as Hobbs, Bradman, Richards have had many books written on them but I can't recall seeing one on Sir Garfield .. there must have been at least one though I don't see any in the review section.
    A cursory glance at my bookcase reveals the presence of a slim volume by Trevor Bailey (Sir Garry's first Test wicket). I've read it and so can tell you that it's not quite as in-depth as modern standards dictate, but it does make for some light, easy reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    I was wondering whether anyone can recommend a book on Sobers - other greats such as Hobbs, Bradman, Richards have had many books written on them but I can't recall seeing one on Sir Garfield .. there must have been at least one though I don't see any in the review section.
    I have read the latest one, co written with Harris (he also helped on Richards and the latest Lillee bios)

    It was okay (sobers one) but nothing great, was surprised at just what a great sportsman Sobers was, soccer, golf, you name it and Sobers would have been a champion

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    Picked up two cricket books yesterday, John Wright's Indian Summers and The Hansie Cronje Story. Looking forward to reading them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Picked up two cricket books yesterday, John Wright's Indian Summers and The Hansie Cronje Story. Looking forward to reading them.
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