• Bracingly honest about the brutal nature of professional cricket

    The Times
  • He is England's greatest ever batsman...but behind that choirboy exterior, Cook is as tough as tugboats, a man who has spent his life doing one of the hardest, scariest jobs in sports - opening the batting in Test cricket. This hugely enjoyable book gives you an idea of quite how challenging it is, and makes you see that finding a replacement for "The Chef" at the top of England's batting order won't be any picnic

    Sports Books of the Year Daily Mail
  • Hugely enjoyable

    Sport Books of the Year, Daily Mail
  • A fascinating and layered book which delves into the psychological challenges of the game . . . a timely read at the end of an exhilarating yet flawed summer for English cricket

  • The best books to buy sports fans this Christmas

    Daily Telegraph
  • It makes for fascinating reading, as the former England captain recounts what it took to succeed at the top of his game - and reveals what made him decide to hang up his whites at the relatively early age of 33

    Radio Times
  • Reveals Cook as a teak-tough, mentally powerful competitor . . . Brutally honest insight into professional sport at the highest level

    Press Association
  • Cricket legend Alastair Cook's remarkably candid autobiography reveals the pressures of playing the sport at the highest level for more than a decade

  • He details the complexity of the process, from technique to mental agonies, to draining team politics . . . there are also lots of endearing behind-the-scenes details

    Strong Words
  • Sir Alastair reveals his more ruthless and passionate sides in a book more probing than most sport biogs

    Daily Mirror

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