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Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography By Chris Waters

Release date: 20th November, 2011
Publisher: Aurum Press

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Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography
By Chris Waters

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Following a hugely successful cricketing career, Fred Trueman was probably the first 'professional Yorkshireman' to appear on our radios and televisions after he finished playing.

Opinionated, obdurate and invariably outspoken, these features eventually did for Fred's regular appearances on Test Match Special, but they served him well throughout a remarkably productive professional cricket career, during which he became the first man to take 300 Test wickets. There have been 23 others who have reached the same landmark since Fred first achieved it in 1964, but his was an extraordinary feat in an era when far fewer Test matches were played.

Until now, John Arlott's biography of Trueman, published in 1971, had been the definitive article, but Chris Waters has produced a marvellously well-researched book which delves deeper into the cricketer's past, largely thanks to the author's impressive research and the explicit help of Trueman's remaining family. It provides us with a clearer idea of why Fred had so much more 'personal momentum' than many of his middle-class teammates.

Fred Trueman was the fourth of seven children, born in 1931 within the shadow of Maltby Colliery, where his father worked for four decades. As an infant, he slept in a sideboard drawer because the family could not afford another cot.

Leaving school at 14, he worked briefly at the mine and tried a host of other unsuitable jobs before securing a contract with Yorkshire. He made his England debut at 21, an aggressive fast bowler always capable of uttering the fruitiest of language, either when things didn't go his way or as he bade farewell to a departing batsman.

He was one of the first to appreciate that he wasn't trying to win a popularity contest - he was playing professional sport, a considerably better alternative to working down the pit. It's an approach drip-fed into Australians from birth.

His cussedness and ambivalent attitude towards authority was a wider reflection of the sixties, yet despite being a national hero, Trueman was treated much differently to the way in which cricketers are today and the game's 'blazers' ensured he never became Yorkshire captain, nor won more than 67 England caps.

Athletic and powerful and never afraid to speak his mind, Trueman was one of Britain's first modern-day sportsmen to become a celebrity. Harold Wilson called him the greatest living Yorkshireman; this book explains why.


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