If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing. On one hand, there is the brilliantly successful cricketing figure — in his time the greatest run-scorer in the history of Test matches and, after his retirement from the playing arena, a commentator in demand throughout the world — relaxed, affable and generous when basking in the recognition of his achievements. His father never properly recovered from his injuries and died prematurely, seventeen years later. He was not interested in being popular or likeable, only in batting himself into the record books. For all the antagonism he has incurred during his career, he has a circle of friends and supporters who maintain a passionate loyalty towards him. Why was he so unpopular in his early career for Yorkshire? Based on meticulous research and interviews with a host of players, Test captains, officials, broadcasters, friends and enemies, this definitive biography cuts through the Boycott myth to expose the truth about this charismatic, single-minded and often exasperating personality. He has displayed great inner strength during his rise to the top but is so emotional that, during much of his career, he burst into tears at professional setbacks.
No one who saw him in his early days with Barnsley, Leeds or the Yorkshire Colts would have believed that one day he would become a leading international cricketer. Batsmen like Graham Gooch, Bob Barber and Brian Luckhurst have told me how much they enjoyed playing with him. It was the way we were all brought up. The rest of us would never last very long, with the dustbin often rattling after only three or four balls but Geoffrey, of course, could stay there for quite a time. What was Boycott like as a schoolboy? But then, after an hour or so, his mother would come out and tell Geoff he had to come in. And what is the real truth about the relationships that soured his private world? Few modern British sportsmen have fascinated the public more than Geoff Boycott. Few modern British sportsmen have fascinated the public more than Geoff Boycott.
He were a roadlayer down pit, and he used to look after ponies. From his upbringing as a miner's son in a Yorkshire village, through highlights like his hundredth century at Headingley against Australia, to the low points such as the damaging court case in France, this warts-and-all account of his life makes for captivating reading. What was Boycott like as a schoolboy? But if Boycott had paid more attention to the usual niceties of relationships, I doubt that he would have become such a great player. Yet at times, it seems that it was almost smothering, creating a mood of claustrophobia. Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, the Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator magazine on a wide range of subjects. And, like a child, he clung to routine and stability and security — one reason he treasures the loyalty of friends and family. But there was no sense of resentment from his two younger brothers at the support Geoffrey was given.
He has accumulated great wealth and adores luxury, always staying in the best hotels and flying first class, yet has a reputation for colossal meanness. Von der Benutzung der OverDrive Media Console raten wir Ihnen ab. To this day the Boycott brothers remain close. How did his England cricket colleagues such as Graham Gooch, Dennis Amiss and Brian Close feel about him as a person? Based on meticulous research and interviews with a host of players, Test captains, officials, broadcasters, friends and enemies, this definitive biography cuts through the Boycott myth to expose the truth about this charismatic, single-minded and often exasperating personality. Not surprisingly, he says that he resembles his mother much more than his father, believing that he inherited her characteristics of fortitude and resolution.
If he was in a bad mood, he did not attempt to cover it up. My many requests for advice and information were always treated with the greatest courtesy. He is an intensely private man who has lived his entire adult life in the fiercest public gaze. It is rudeness born of bad manners. From his upbringing as a miner's son in a Yorkshire village, through highlights like his hundredth century at Headingley against Australia, to the low points such as the damaging court case in France, this warts-and-all account of his life makes for captivating reading. For this edition, I am grateful to Michael Doggart, Tom Whiting, and the rest of the team at HarperCollins.
With most of the men working at the local Hemsworth colliery — now long closed — there was a strong sense of community and neighbours knew each other well, a spirit also engendered by the much closer family ties of that era. According to some medical experts, the risk of being infected, especially with septicaemia, may be eight times higher. Yet one of the hallmarks of Boycott has always been his willingness to battle through any crisis. For almost forty years Geoffrey Boycott lived here, from his early childhood until his mother died in 1978. It has therefore been my aim to look beyond much of the mythology that surrounds Boycott and build a more balanced and realistic portrait.
In many ways I was lucky to experience a sense of belonging and togetherness which seems to have been lost in so much of life nowdays. Focusing every fibre of his being on his ambition, he eschewed almost everything else in life, marriage, family, friendships, a social life and all the other normal compromises of human existence. Accompanied by his partner Rachael Swinglehurst, he moves amiably through the gathering, sipping from his glass of champagne and indulging in banter with some of the other guests. He treated everybody, public, press, the players, the same. In a polished acceptance speech, mixing modesty, humour and charm in equal measure, he describes Tom Graveney as his boyhood hero and pays fulsome tributes to Ian Botham and Fred Trueman, the two other guests of honour. She and Geoffrey were very close. I was in and out of his house, used to play in his yard.
His problem is his own insecurity. His best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers was a top-ten bestseller and won the Sports Book of the Year award, while his study of Lord Rosebery won Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. Though money was short, his childhood appears to have been happy. Yes, Geoff got extra help with coaching but as far as Tony and myself are concerned, there was absolutely no favouritism. Towards others he could have a standoffish attitude. Regrettably we cannot fulfill eBook-orders from other countries.
At the time of his birth, his parents did not actually live in the village but in neighbouring Ackworth. Geoff puts great store by loyalty. And cricket then was far more important to our national culture than it is today, especially in the north of England. Buying eBooks from abroad For tax law reasons we can sell eBooks just within Germany and Switzerland. A record-breaking Test cricketer and acerbic commentator, Geoff Boycott has Few modern British sportsmen have fascinated the public more than Geoff Boycott.