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- As It Was: The Memoirs of Fred Trueman
Written with Fred's characteristic honesty and wit, this book tells his remarkable story, from the
small village upbringing to his youthful debut for Yorkshire, from the Test triumphs to his frustrations
with the cricketing establishment. But this is only half the story. Candidly, Fred recalls his life
away from cricket: the stresses and strains of his first marriage; the camaraderie of Test Match
Special and his successful career as an after-dinner speaker. Bursting with riotous anecdotes,
warm humour and trenchant opinion, this is a peerless autobiography by a true sporting icon.
This book began as a series of lengthy and memorable interviews that David Joy had with Fred Trueman
in the first half of 2006. They were intended to form the basis of a collection of his humorous tales
of life on and off the pitch. Then came Fred's untimely death, and it soon became apparent that many
of his sporting colleagues and close friends wished to contribute to a work now clearly destined to
form a tribute to a remarkable man. John Morgan, the sports journalist who knew Fred over many years,
has accordingly written a greatly enlarged text about one of England's true cricketing heroes. The
tributes in the first section The Man with a Million Fans, are expressed in their own words by
those who contributed them. "Trueman's Tales", the title originally envisaged for the book and
the one agreed with Fred, has been retained. The Tales are now not only those told by Fred, but
also embrace the many more tales and memories told about a much-loved Yorkshireman. The book is
illustrated throughout with many remarkable photographs that evocatively recall Fred Trueman at his very best.