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- Boycott: The Autobiography
Captain of Yorkshire and England, yet discarded by both when still at his peak, Boycott was at the
top for over twenty years. Here he tells his own story. He talks of his love-hate relationship
with Yorkshire cricket, his many triumphs for England and his key partnerships with team-mates
like Denness, Brearley and Botham. And he speaks for the first time about why he chose to opt
out of Test cricket for three years in the mid-1970s. Many felt that Boycott was the greatest
batsman of his time, and that, despite his achievements, he was unfairly treated. Known by a
new generation as a pull-no-punches commentator, this is the story of one of our greatest, and
most controversial, sporting heroes.
Geoff Boycott: A Cricketing Hero
Few modern British sportsmen have fascinated the public more than Geoff Boycott. In this first
comprehensive and balanced account of Boycott's life - fully updated to include his battle
against cancer - award-winning author Leo McKinstry lifts the lid on one of cricket's great enigmatic
characters. A record-breaking Test cricketer and acerbic commentator, Geoff Boycott has never been
far away from controversy during his long career in the game. 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. What was Boycott like as a schoolboy?
How did his England cricket colleagues such as Graham Gooch, Dennis Amiss and Brian Close feel
about him as a person? Why was he so unpopular in his early career for Yorkshire? And what is
the real truth about the relationships that soured his private world? 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.