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by Chris Waters

'Fred Trueman was the first superstar of the game. He was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character' Ian Botham Fred Trueman was so much more than a cricketing legend. 'The greatest living Yorkshireman' according to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, he couldn't help excelling at everything he did, whether it was as a hostile fast bowler for Yorkshire and England, and the first man to take 300 Test wickets in a career, or as a fearlessly outspoken radio summariser for Test Match Special. He was famous for regularly spluttering that 'I don't know what's going off out there', as well as for the level of swearing he managed to incorporate into everyday speech. Beloved of cricket crowds who filled grounds to witness his belligerent way of playing the game, and nothing but trouble to the cricket authorities, 'Fiery Fred' was the epitome of a full-blooded Englishman. But as Chris Waters reveals in this first full biography, behind the charismatic, exuberant mask lay a far less self-assured man - terrified even that his new dog wouldn't like him - and whose version of his bucolic upbringing bore no relation to the gritty and impoverished South Yorkshire mining community where he actually grew up. Drawing on dozens of new interviews with his Yorkshire colleagues, family and friends, this life of Fred Trueman will surprise and even shock, but also confirm the status of an English folk hero.
Download Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography epub
ISBN: 1845134532
ISBN13: 978-1845134532
Category: No category
Author: Chris Waters
Language: English
Publisher: Aurum Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1864 kb
FB2 size: 1574 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 846
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The book was very interesting and well written. The whole book certainly gave a concise story of Fred's Test cricketing experiences with England & Yorkshire It was well worth the purchase and read.
This is bad bad book. I bought it on the basis of a glowing review in the Cricketer magazine and could not disagree more with that writer's opinion. More of a cut and paste job could not be imagined.
Fred Trueman was one of the superstars of his time. Possessed of a near-perfect slide-on bowling action, he terrorized batsmen as he approached the wicket. Hair flopping, delivering near-perfect outswingers interspersed with an occasional bouncer.

Trueman wrote ;or shots-wrote) three autobiographies, each covering the same ground. He has Ali been the subject of biographies by John Arlott and Michael Parkinson. All of them offer variations of familiar themes - his working-class background, his prodigious rise to fame in the early Fifries. His battles with the cricketing establishment and the resentments he nursed throughout his life.

Chris Waters's biography does not add much to the story., save for transcripts of a program made by the BBC Lin 1964, where Trueman interviewed his first Test captain Sir Leonard Hutton and his then wlfe Enid. Both offer fascinating insights into Trueman's personality. And how he frequently let his head rule his heart with unfortunate consequences.

Although given the soubriquet "Fiery Fred" dyeing his playing days, Trueman was essentially a loner who preferred home comforts to bars and parties. It was his misfortune to be cast in the role of the hard-drinking womanizer by a media continually on the lookout for salacious gossip. Trueman had a low threshold of tolerance, and was apt to utter inappropriate comments during social gatherings. As a result he acquired a reputation as a rough diamond, largely shunned by the cricketing authorities.

In truth Trueman seldom did anything to reshape that image as he perpetually complained about his treatment by the Yorkshire and England selectors. If only he had kept his mouth shut, he might have acquired far more than 396 Test wickets.

Waters's biography illuminates Trueman's virtues: his loyalty, his generosity, and his religious filth. In truth however, the biography offers a portrait of an insecure boor who carried his resentments to the grave with him. If only he could have been more accommodating, perhaps his cricketing peers would have listened to him a little more.