The Book of Fred: Funny anecdotes and hilarious insights from the much-loved TV presenter and cricketer
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I hope readers have a laugh and a good time and maybe, you know, pick up the odd accidental pearl of wisdom. Being Freddie is the (ghost written) autobiography of former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff from childhood to 2005, when he was at the forefront of the English cricket team's historic re-conquest of the Ashes. But Freddie Flintoff has had a moment to reflect and he's noticed that throughout his four decades, although there's been little method in the madness, there has been the occasional common thread. This book marks his story so far in his own words, taking us up to and including the summer of 2005. He literally describes every match in great detail,yet only mentions his wife and daughter fleetingly.
It was a great bit of escapism, with Freddie's opinions on all sorts of things put down on paper almost like a stream of consciousness, such that he does contradict himself (by his own admission) quite often. It was a bit contradictory, with the main theme being 'I don't think people shoud be so public with their opinions' especially when this is essentially a book of opinions.You'd probably enjoy it more if you were a fan of cricket though which is understandable with his sporting background. This can make it challenging for readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of Flintoff's career to follow the timeline of significant events.
Each chapter Flintoff picks a topic and discusses it, with not much apparent connection between chapters, which is great because it makes it very easy to read. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.our favourite sportsman-turned-comedian- slash-leftfield-thinker Freddie Flintoff expels an eclectic and entertaining smorgasbord of anecdotes, impressions, reflections, ruminations, musings, cogitations, observations, rants, confessions and pearls of wisdom on all aspects of life's rich tapestry. But, this last year we’ve all had a moment to reflect, and I’ve had the chance to look back and notice that although there’s been little method in the madness of my life, there has been the occasional common thread.
If you are expecting a book about cricket, you will be disappointed, but it is a fascinating insight into the character of an individual to whom success and fame came at an early age, and who has now had the opportunity to reflect on his life. The waffles ranges from topics Flintoff is qualified to talk about (cricket) to areas he's probably best steering clear of (colonial guilt), regardless of the topic he has a tendency to contradict himself and often loses his thread and states to opposite of his original point. The book presents an account of Flintoff's journey from a Lancashire lad to becoming a cricketing hero. I do love Freddie, and even now, ten years on, he's still one of England's best players and the one fans will always love, but his life and career isn't particularly a good thing to be read about. But if you're reading this you're very unlikely to be expecting the author to come up with any solutions.Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff (MBE) is a bestselling author, broadcaster and former England international cricketer. Fred’s approach to life draws on the sublime (his series winning performance in the 2005 Ashes) and the ridiculous (singing Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ in front of a live audience), from highs (making the transition to top TV presenter) to occasional lows (accidentally upsetting the lovely Bruce Forsyth), from the profane (discussing Shane Warne’s barnet with Hollywood royalty) to the profound (why ‘having a go’ leads to self-respect).
Each Certificate of Authenticity also includes either an example image of the product or a small photo of the individual signing the product. This book by Andrew Flintoff is not the kind of thing I’d normally read but I received it as a Christmas present I thought I might as well give it a try. We recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for further information. He has written for newspapers, fronted his own radio show and had a hugely successful podcast, Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy.
This book marks his story so far in his own words, taking us up to and including the summer of 2005, during which Flintoff has performed heroics with both bat and ball against Australia.