Botham's Century: My 100 great cricketing characters

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One hundred colourful portraits of the cricketing characters whom Ian Botham has come into contact with during his eventful career and who have influenced the game for good during this time: from top players, umpires and coaches to pop stars, writers and philanthropists.

Among the cast of characters who feature in Botham’s own Who’s Who of cricket are many of the world’s top past and present players, cricketers such as Viv Richards, Brian Close, Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain.

Umpire Dickie Bird and the late John Arlott also have a place in Beefy’s Hall of Fame. Others associated with cricket include Mick Jagger, Nelson Mandela and Nick Faldo; and many more who in Beefy’s opinion have been a positive influence in the game during his era.

Witty, entertaining and controversial, these portraits have already incited a plethora of opinions from those both inside and outside the game.

This paperback edition is sure to be another Botham bestseller.

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England's greatest all-rounder, with a flamboyant approach to the game on and off the pitch, Ian Botham could be an irresistible cricketing force, and Botham's Century--his portraits of 100 of the people who had a significant impact on his cricketing life--is a typically entertaining "knock" from one of the great post-war sporting characters.

From fellow cricket legends such as Gary Sobers, Dennis Lillee and Viv Richards, through Test and county journeymen, coaches and physios, to today's stars--not forgetting the odd surprise such as Elton John and Ian Woosnam--Botham serves up a satisfying, readable blend of anecdote and opinion, accompanied by a selection of colour photos and portrait sketches. The tone is often light and in keeping with the knock-about style we associate with his appearances on A Question of Sport.

He [Angus Fraser] did manage to remove Brian [Lara] cheaply in a county match at Lord's and, feeling inordinately proud and relieved, made his way back to his fielding position to receive the generous applause of the Middlesex faithful.

"Oi, Fraser!" came a voice, and Gus prepared to wave politely in acknowledgement of the upcoming compliment. "You tosser! I paid to watch Lara bat, not you bowl. Thanks very much. I'm off."

That is not to say that Botham fails to ask the big questions, or avoids controversy--he reflects on serious issues such as cheating and match-fixing, and confronts his unhappy professional relationships such as the one with fellow all-rounder star Imran Khan. A touch of "great times, great mates" creeps in now and then, but overall Botham strikes an interesting balance between what are sometimes strikingly distinct appreciations of his subjects' professional and personal qualities. One suspects that one or two of these characters will not be at all impressed by the straight-talking appraisals found here, but for cricket fans, Botham's Century is a genuine pleasure. --Alex Hankin

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‘An Enjoyable offering’ The Sunday Times

‘An inventive concept in sports books’ Publishing News

‘I would back this readable pardbacked Hello! to rattle the Christmas cash-tills’ Wisden Cricket Monthly

‘It does make a great read’ Yorkshire Evening Post

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