As It Was: The Memoirs

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Pan Macmillan, 2005 - Cricket players - 405 pages
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Fred Trueman is a national treasure, a legend not only to cricket fans the world over but also to those who only ever took a passing interest in the game. As one of the greatest fast bowlers in cricketing history, Trueman's dazzling performance raised the spirits of a nation and struck terror in the hearts of even the most formidable of opponents. Now, for the first time, Fred Trueman tells the full, definitive story of his life in his own inimitable fashion. From his village childhood to his debut for Yorkshire at the tender age of eighteen, to his international test triumphs and his other - and equally successful - careers as a commentator, stalwart of BBC Radio's Test Match Special, raconteur and after-dinner speaker, Freddie recalls, with characteristic honesty, the highs and lows of his public and private life. Bursting with riotous anecdote, trechant opinions on the game he loves and genuine warmth, this is the sporting biography of the year.

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Fred Trueman made his Yorkshire debut in May 1949, the start of a long and glittering - not to mention record-breaking - career. In addition to enjoying phenomenal success as a player, he was a member of BBC radio's Test Match Special team from 1974 until 2000, and is renowned as one of the most humorous and brilliantly entertaining speakers on the after-dinner circuit.

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